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Learning Exercise

Material: Distillation of Crude Oil (Fractional Distillation)
Submitted by: Michael Haider on Jun 30, 2005
Date Last Modified: Jun 30, 2005
Description: This website can be used in conjunction with the lab I do on how crude oil is refined (fractional distillation). The flash animation shows how crude oil travels through a refinery and how each fraction separates and the boiling points of each fraction. I feel that the animation would be the most helpful after the lab is complete and we are moving into the discussion mode of the lab. The distillation lab I use was adapted from a SEPUP activity.
Type of Task: Teacher-centered
Topics: Environmental Science, Earth Science, Organic Chemistry
Course: Environmental Science
Audience: High School
Technical Notes: You need a distillation apparatus to distill some form of simulated crude oil (water, methanol, glycerin). Then take density values, viscosity, boiling points, etc. to identify the fractions.
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