Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Determining the Phosphoric Acid Content in Soft Drinks

Figure from experiment 35 from Chemistry with Vernier

Introduction

Phosphoric acid is one of several weak acids that exist in carbonated beverages. It is a component of all cola soft drinks. Phosphoric acid has a much higher concentration than other acids in a container of soft drink, so its concentration can be determined by a simple acid-base titration.

In this experiment, you will titrate a sample of a cola soft drink with sodium hydroxide solution and determine the concentration of phosphoric acid, H3PO4. Hydrogen ions from the first dissociation of phosphoric acid react with hydroxide ions from the NaOH in a one-to-one ratio in the overall reaction:

{{\text{H}}_{\text{3}}}{\text{P}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{4}}}{\text{(aq)  +  O}}{{\text{H}}^{\text{ - }}}{\text{(aq)}} \to {{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{O(1)  +  }}{{\text{H}}_{\text{2}}}{\text{P}}{{\text{O}}_{\text{4}}}^{\text{ - }}{\text{(aq)}}

In this experiment, you will use a pH Sensor to monitor pH as you titrate. The region of most rapid pH change will then be used to determine the equivalence point. The volume of NaOH titrant used at the equivalence point will be used to determine the molarity of the H3PO4.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

  • Use a pH Sensor to monitor pH during the titration of phosphoric acid in a cola soft drink.
  • Using the titration equivalence point, determine the molarity of H3PO4.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

See all standards correlations for Chemistry with Vernier »

Chemistry with Vernier

See other experiments from the lab book.

1Endothermic and Exothermic Reactions
2Freezing and Melting of Water
3Another Look at Freezing Temperature
4Heat of Fusion of Ice
5Find the Relationship: An Exercise in Graphing Analysis
6Boyle's Law: Pressure-Volume Relationship in Gases
7Pressure-Temperature Relationship in Gases
8Fractional Distillation
9Evaporation and Intermolecular Attractions
10Vapor Pressure of Liquids
11Determining the Concentration of a Solution: Beer's Law
12Effect of Temperature on Solubility of a Salt
13Properties of Solutions: Electrolytes and Non-Electrolytes
14Conductivity of Solutions: The Effect of Concentration
15Using Freezing Point Depression to Find Molecular Weight
16Energy Content of Foods
17Energy Content of Fuels
18Additivity of Heats of Reaction: Hess's Law
19Heat of Combustion: Magnesium
20Chemical Equilibrium: Finding a Constant, Kc
21Household Acids and Bases
22Acid Rain
23Titration Curves of Strong and Weak Acids and Bases
24Acid-Base Titration
25Titration of a Diprotic Acid: Identifying an Unknown
26Using Conductivity to Find an Equivalence Point
27Acid Dissociation Constant, Ka
28Establishing a Table of Reduction Potentials: Micro-Voltaic Cells
29Lead Storage Batteries
30Rate Law Determination of the Crystal Violet Reaction
31Time-Release Vitamin C Tablets
32The Buffer in Lemonade
33Determining the Free Chlorine Content of Swimming Pool Water
34Determining the Quantity of Iron in a Vitamin Tablet
35Determining the Phosphoric Acid Content in Soft Drinks
36Microscale Acid-Base Titration

Experiment 35 from Chemistry with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Chemistry with Vernier</em> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

Buy the Book

Go to top