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Offline jennacat

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help with question on serial dilutions with ethanol
« on: April 17, 2022, 02:37:36 PM »
so the question is: You choose to make a serial dilution of alcohols ie. to make the 2nd dilution from the 1st.  In order to end up with 140mL of 82% AND 52mL of 51%, how many mL of absolute ethanol do you need to make up the 1st solution? (answers to 2 d.p.)

I've never really done these kinda of questions with alcohol involved so i think its the percentages that are throwing me off and i'm kinda confused what the question is asking. how do i go about solving this?

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Re: help with question on serial dilutions with ethanol
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2022, 07:53:40 AM »
This isn’t really a question of chemistry but of simple maths. The question doesn’t make it clear whether the proportions are  by weight or volume or a combination but to keep it simple assume volume and ask yourself what will be the total volume of alcohol present in the final solutions and work back from there.

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