Therefore we want to set the pasco system for manual

Info iconThis preview shows page 1. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

Unformatted text preview: e button and a dialog box with a series of choices will appear. Scroll down the list and choose “colorimeter” (NOT “light sensor”), and a picture representing the colorimeter detector will appear under the “Analog channel A” plug picture. Calibrating the Pasco system: We need to calibrate the Pasco system for it to work properly. What this means, essentially, is telling it what “0” is and what “maximum” is. Double click the picture of the light sensor that is now below the picture of the “Analog channel A” plug. Physically set the colorimeter to 0%T on the box. When the current value seems to stabilize (it will oscillate, but the oscillations should be around the same value), click on the “Read Low Value” box. This will set the low reading, or 0% Transmittance. Dakota State University page 206 of 232 Experiment 20: Beer’s Law General Chemistry I and II Lab Manual Now, place a cuvette with distilled water in the colorimeter, being sure that the SMOOTH sides to the cuvette are facing the light path. (HINT! NEVER handle a cuvette on the smooth sides; you want this to be as clean as possible.) Set the colorimeter to the correct color. (HINT! Discuss the options with your partners and choose the color that is most absorbed by the substance. Remember; the color that is absorbed is the color you do not see in the solution.) When the current value again stabilizes, click on the “Read High Value” box. This has set the 100% Transmittance reading. Your Pasco system now knows what the low and high values are, and will automatically calibrate itself. Close the dialog box. Setting up the sampling options: The Pasco system can either operate with automated sampling or manual sampling. Automated sampling is superb for taking data over time; however, our solutions will not change over time (hopefully). Therefore, we want to set the Pasco system for manual sampling. To do so, click on the “sampling option” button. In the dialog box, choose the “keyboard” option. Type in “concentration” for parameter, and the correct concentration units for units (probably % w/v or % weight/volume, because it is so common and simple; 3% w/v means 3 g of solute for every 100 mL of solvent). Close the dialog box. Now, click and drag the picture of the table to the picture of the “analog channel A” box, just as you did when choosing the colorimeter. Choose the “Absorbance” option. If you would like a second box to use percent transmittance for a comparison, repeat the procedure. In the table(s), make sure “concentration” is showing by clicking on the appropriate button on the table (the “add column” button, which has a funny little picture that’s difficult to describe). Also, click and drag the “digital meter” button, and whatever additional output you’d like to see. Collecting the data: Now you are ready to run the experiment. Click the “record” button to start the experiment. A dialog box will appear that prompts you to input your first concentration. Make sure that you ri...
View Full Document

This note was uploaded on 09/18/2012 for the course CHEMISTRY 1010 taught by Professor Kumar during the Fall '11 term at WPI.

Ask a homework question - tutors are online