Chemistry 112 Soap Synthesis

Chemistry 112 Soap Synthesis - Drew Rasmussen Chemistry 112...

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Drew Rasmussen Chemistry 112 Laboratory Katri Truhler March 11, 2011 Synthesis of Soap Partner: Andy Zola, Jay Table 1. Soap Synthesis: Step by Step Observations… (See notebook pages 89-91). Table 2. (See Notebook pages 89-91). A. Reflections: 1. Illustration of soap interactions with grease: a. The non-polar head portion of soap (the remainder of the hydrocarbon chain) is able to interact with a non-polar layer of grease or dirt. The polar end of soap (ionic portion) is able to interact strongly with the polar portions of water. By doing this, the soap attaches to both the grease and the water, and the agitation causes the soap to be lifted away by the water, pulling the grease with it. The soap and grease are then suspended in the water, and easily rinsed away. 2. Chemicals present in the beaker at each stage: a. Before heating: 6M Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH), Ethanol (C 2 H 6 O) also known as ethyl alcohol, and Coconut Oil (source of Fat, Triacylglycerol).
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