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Question: What is the solubility curve of KNO3

Prediction: Draw a sketch to show the shape of the curve you expect for the solubility of a typical solid dissolving in water at different temperatures. Plot solubility on the y-axis and temperature on the x-axis.


Large test tube


Stirring wire

Two-hole stopper to fit the test tube, with a thermometer inserted into one hole

400mL beaker

graduated cylinder or pipette or burette

hot plate or Bunsen burner with ring clamps and wire gauze

retort stand and thermometer clamp

potassium nitrate, KNO3

distilled water


1. Read through the steps in this procedure. Prepare a data table to record the mass of the solute, the initial volume of water, the total volume of water after step 9, and the temperatures at which the solutions began to crystallize.

2. Put the test tube inside a beaker for support. Place the beaker on a balance pan. Set the readings on the balance to zero. Then measure 14.0g of KNO3 into the test tube.

3. Add on of the following volumes of distilled water to the test tube, as assigned by your teacher: 10.0mL, 15.0mL, 20.0mL, 25.0mL, 30.0mL. (If you use a graduated cylinder, remember to read the volume from the bottom of the water meniscus. You can make more a more accurate volume measurement using either a pipette or a burette.)

4. Pour about 300mL of tap water into the beaker. Set up a hot-water bath using a hot plate, retort stand, and thermometer clamp. Alternatively, use a Bunsen burner, retort stand, ring clamp, thermometer clamp, and wire gauze.

5. Put



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