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SCIENCE COURSEWORK: RESISTANCE OF WIRE EXPERIMENT
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Risk Assessment To keep the experiment safe I shall keep electrical conductors away from the plug sockets. I will take care not to hurt myself or anybody else with the crocodile clips. I will also not turn the power socket on full so as that the wire does not burn or set fire to any surrounding objects or burn anybody. Preliminary work Firstly I assembled the apparatus as shown in the diagram below. For the wire I used 34 standard wire gauge wire. I then took measurements placed the two wire ends marked with an X...
Voltmeter reading by the Ammeter reading, giving me the resistance. This experiment would then be repeated three times so as to determine any anomalous results.

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I predict that the readings on the Voltmeter and Ammeter would be higher but when divided and the resistance worked out that the resistance would be very similar to that of the results worked out in my main experiment. This would be a useful experiment to carry out alongside my other to support my theory and satisfy my aim.

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HYPOTHESIS We can recognize four... HYPOTHESIS We can recognize four types of substances due to their structure: ionic, metallic, covalent, and molecular. If a given substance has a metallic luster, is malleable and ductile, is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has high melting and boiling points, than it is supposed to be a giant metallic structure. If a given substance has low melting and boiling points and does not conduct electricity, it surely is a molecular structure. If a given substance is soluble in water and in other polar solvents, if it conducts electricity after being melted or dissolved, and if it has high melting and boiling points, we can predict that it is a giant ionic structure. So we will have to check which of these properties does a given substance have. APARATUS spatula stirring rod open electric circuit batteries, light bulb, electric wire with two dismantled endings two metal plates the first made of copper, the second made of zinc plastic wash bottle test tubes in amount of 4 watch glasses in amount of 5 Bunsen burner test-tube rack porcelain crucible crucible tongs triangle tripod I decided to use separate watch glass for each substance to avoid possible laboratory errors resulting from contamination with the previous one. CHEMICALS substance A "“ white, granulated powder substance E "“ silver nodules, apparent metallic luster substance C "“ tiny, white crystals substance D "“ a bit larger white crystals substance B "“ black powder distilled water SAFETY RULES Be careful while burning substances in a flame! Don't put your hand into water when the electric current flows "“ you can have your skin seriously damaged! Do not touch hot crucible with bare hand, use crucible tongs! PROCEDURE I put a few grams of each substance except for substance E, which I put into a watch glass using a spatula into separate test tubes, placed in a test tube rack. I put a hint of each substance into separate watch glass. I use open electric circuit in order to investigate electric conductivity of each substance in solid state. I pour a few droplets of water into each watch glass using plastic wash bottle. Then I mix each substance with a stirring rod in order to make process of dissolving faster and more effective. I put two metal plates into each watch glass, so they are partly sunk in the water or solution, if it was formed in the manner one ending of the electric wire sticks to the first plate, and the second ending sticks to the second plate, and it is important that plates do not touch each other. Then I observe whether the light bulb is shining. I take a hint of each substance one by one, using a spatula. I put each substance into a porcelain crucible. I put crucible on a triangle placed on a tripod above the Bunsen burner. Then I turn the burner on and wait up to a minute in order to check whether the melting point is low or high. To handle the crucible I use crucible tongs. Note: I carefully clean spatula before using it again and again, I do the same with the stirring rod and porcelain crucible. DATA COLLECTION A B C D E Conductivity in solid state - + - - + Conductivity after being dissolved - - + - - Solubility in water + - + - - Melting point low high high high high CONCLUSION Substance A is soft and granulated. This substance has low melting point, what indicates that the intermolecular forces are weak. It does not conduct electricity, because molecules are not charged. So substance A has undoubtedly molecular covalent structure. However, on contrary to other substances with molecular covalent structure, it is quite soluble in water, what means that its' molecules can form hydrogen bonds to the water to compensate for the water-water hydrogen bonds broken. Example of such molecules are sugar molecules, so this substance is probably sucrose. In the case of the substance E there is an apparent metallic luster, so it has the giant metallic structure. This metal has high melting point, because it takes a lot of energy to break up a lattice of ions in a sea of electrons with strong forces of attraction, called metallic bonds, between them. Metals are good conductors of electricity because the delocalized, free electrons can move through the lattice carrying charge, when a voltage is applied across the metal structure. The substance C is the only substance aqua solution of which conducts electricity, so it has to have giant ionic structure. It's because the water molecules, which are dipoles, can attract the ions away from the lattice. The ions move freely, surrounded by water molecules. Dissolved or melted ionic compound conducts electricity, because the lattice breaks up and the ions are free to move as charged particles. It can be assumed that substance D is a giant covalent structure, because it is insoluble, it is very hard, but brittle, it forms crystal lattice, and it has high melting point. In addition, this substance does not conduct electricity at all. Substance B is soft and brittle in touch - the sheets can slide over each other easily. It may indicate that this substance has a molecular structure, like the first one. But it has much higher melting point than molecular substances. Besides that, it conducts electricity in solid state, and it does not dissolve in water. This set of properties is very specific "“ it is a combination of single properties of different types of structures. The fact that this substance could well be used as a lubricant layers are easily rubbed off could indicate that this substance can be graphite. EVALUATION After an experiment was finished, our chemistry teacher wrote the names of substances that we were to determine structures of, on the blackboard, so we could verify if our findings were correct and propose improvements to the method in case they were not. And so: substance A appeared to be glucose, substance B "“ graphite, substance C "“ sodium chloride, substance D "“ silicon dioxide, and substance E "“ chromium metal. My predictions according to substance A appeared to be correct. In case of substance E, which is chromium metal, I also obtained correct results. I think that this substance, like it is in case of all metallic substances, has a structure very easy to determine experimentally, even, to say, with bare eye, because we know that metals are the only type of substances that perform a property called metallic luster. Other properties I observed also form a set of properties typical for metal, which is chromium in this case. I was right in case of substance C, which, as it appeared later, is sodium chloride, and sodium chloride is the most characteristic representative of ionic substances. My assumptions relating to substance D are also proved to be correct, since I know now that this substance was silicon dioxide, commonly occurring as quartz, being a good exemplification of properties connected with a giant covalent structure. In case of substance B, I was again right, due to the fact that this substance appeared to be graphite, as I have predicted. Graphite is another example of giant covalent structure, but, on contrary to silicon dioxide, it conducts electricity "“ this property is specific only for this particular substance.   

HYPOTHESIS We can recognize four types of substances due to their structure: ionic, metallic, covalent, and molecular. If a given substance has a metallic luster, is malleable and ductile, is a good conductor of heat and electricity, and has high melting and boiling points, than it is supposed to...

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