Extraction of Trimyristin from Nutmeg

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Extraction of Trimyristin from Nutmeg Results and Discussion We started our experiment with a nutmeg mass of 5.075 grams. When the mixture was boiling we raised and lowered the temperature occasionally. We had to filter our mixture twice, because our first attempt was not successful. We could have lost some of our nutmeg mass through our filtration. We yielded 0.219 grams of trimyristin after vacuum filtration. Our percent yield of for our extraction was about 20%. Our percent error was about 17 %. The percent yield was close to the literature percentage of trimyristin in nutmeg. Our expected yield was about 1.26 grams. Our percent yield could have been affected by loss of mass during filtering, as well as trimyristin sticking to the
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Unformatted text preview: sides of our distillation flask. After comparing the melting point of our extracted trimyristin (39C) and trimyristins literature value (56-57C), we were able to determine that our trimyristin was not a very pure sample. Our sample apparently contained impurities that were not able to evaporate from the sample. This most likely caused a depression in our melting point. Conclusion Our extraction of nutmeg was not as successful was we had hoped. The extracted trimyristin was not as pure as we expected it to be, the melting point of the extracted trimyristin should have been closer to it literature value. Questions None Available for this Lab...
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