Learning Exercise


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.
Course: Environmental Science

This site contains a Flash animation of how crude oil is distilled. The teachers resource section also has more... see more


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.


Environmental Science, Earth Science, Organic Chemistry

Type of Task