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An Oxidation-Reduction Titration: The Reaction of Fe2+ and Ce4+

Figure from experiment 8 from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier


A titration, as you recall, is a convenient method of learning more about a solution by reacting it with a second solution of known molar concentration. There are a number of ways to measure the progress of a titration. The method used in this experiment is called a potentiometric titration, in which the electric potential of a reaction is monitored. All acid-base titrations that are measured by a pH probe are potentiometric; thus, this method is not as unusual as it may seem.

You will conduct an oxidation-reduction reaction in this experiment in order to determine the amount of iron (II) ions in a solid sample of ferrous ammonium sulfate hexahydrate, (NH4)2Fe(SO4)2•6H2O. The oxidizing agent for the sample will be ammonium cerium (IV) nitrate, (NH4)2Ce(NO3)6. The net ionic equation for the reaction is shown below.

{\text{C}}{{\text{e}}^{{\text{4}} + }}\left( {{\text{aq}}} \right) + {\text{ F}}{{\text{e}}^{{\text{2}} + }}\left( {{\text{aq}}} \right) \to {\text{C}}{{\text{e}}^{{\text{3}} + }}\left( {{\text{aq}}} \right) + {\text{ F}}{{\text{e}}^{{\text{3}} + }}\left( {{\text{aq}}} \right)

This experiment illustrates the electrical nature of chemical reactions, and offers practice with a process for observing and measuring an oxidation-reduction reaction.


In this experiment, you will

  • Conduct the potentiometric titration of the reaction between ferrous ammonium sulfate hexahydrate and ammonium cerium (IV) nitrate.
  • Measure the potential change of the reaction.
  • Determine the molar concentration of iron (II) ions in a sample of ferrous ammonium sulfate hexahydrate.

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1The Determination of a Chemical Formula
2The Determination of the Percent Water in a Compound
3The Molar Mass of a Volatile Liquid
4Using Freezing-Point Depression to Find Molecular Weight
5The Molar Volume of a Gas
6Standardizing a Solution of Sodium Hydroxide
7Acid-Base Titration
8An Oxidation-Reduction Titration: The Reaction of Fe2+ and Ce4+
9Determining the Mole Ratios in a Chemical Reaction
10The Determination of an Equilibrium Constant
11Investigating Indicators
12The Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide
13Determining the Enthalpy of a Chemical Reaction
14ASeparation and Qualitative Analysis of Cations
14BSeparation and Qualitative Analysis of Anions
15AThe Synthesis of Alum
15BThe Analysis of Alum
16Conductimetric Titration and Gravimetric Determination of a Precipitate
17Determining the Concentration of a Solution: Beer's Law
18Liquid Chromatography
20Electrochemistry: Voltaic Cells
22The Synthesis and Analysis of Aspirin
23Determining the Ksp of Calcium Hydroxide
24Determining Ka by the Half-Titration of a Weak Acid
25The Rate and Order of a Chemical Reaction
26The Enthalpy of Neutralization of Phosphoric Acid
27α, β, and γ
28Radiation Shielding
29The Base Hydrolysis of Ethyl Acetate
30Exploring the Properties of Gases
31Determining Avogadro's Number
32Potentiometric Titration of Hydrogen Peroxide
33Determining the Half-Life of an Isotope
34Vapor Pressure and Heat of Vaporization
35Rate Determination and Activation Energy

Experiment 8 from Advanced Chemistry with Vernier Lab Book

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