2 – 1 EXPERIMENT 2 Synthesis of Potassium Tris(oxalato)ferrate(III) Trihydrate Objective: Potassium tris(oxalato)ferrate(III) trihydrate [K 3 Fe(C 2 O 4 ) 3 ·3H 2 O] will be synthesized in a two-step process and the actual, theoretical, and percent yields of this compound will be determined. In addition, the number of waters of hydration will be confirmed by gravimetric analysis. Introduction: A chemical synthesis is the use of one or more chemical reactions to bring about the construction of a desired chemical product or products. The reasons for carrying out a chemical synthesis are varied. It might be the production of a useful substance not found in nature, plastics, for example, or the production of a substance found in nature but difficult or expensive to isolate in large quantities, such as ammonia. Then again, it might be the desire to create a substance with new, useful properties, say, a new medication. Whatever the motivation for the synthesis, maximizing the conversion of reactants to products is always a priority. In this experiment, you will synthesize the compound potassium tris(oxalato)ferrate(III)
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