Advanced Chemistry Through Inquiry Teacher Guide


Teacher manual for AP* and Advanced Chemistry labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version.

Gravimetric Analysis of a Precipitate

Lab Summary

Chemists can find the identity of unknown compounds using techniques such as qualitative analysis, chromatography, spectroscopy, and gravimetric analysis. Gravimetric analysis, which uses a balance to determine the mass of a substance, is one of the oldest and most accurate quantitative methods for determining the amount of an analyte in a sample.


Through gravimetric analysis, students identify an unknown alkali metal carbonate.


The student is able to select and apply mathematical relationships to mass data in order to justify a claim regarding the identity and/or estimated purity of a substance. The student can design, and/or interpret data from, an experiment that uses gravimetric analysis to determine the concentration of an analyte in a solution.

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Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.