I need to find the original conc of As in a sediment sample, after carrying out these dilutions:
Of the sediment, 0.5g was taken, treated with various chemicals, and then made up to the mark in a 50mL flask.
A 4mL aliquot of this was taken and transfered into another 50mL flask.
A 5mL aliquot of this was transfered into a 100mL flask, which was made up to the mark.
The absorption reading obtained for As was 2.5mg L-1.
This is what I have done so far, where I have worked backwards in the dilutions.
Please let me know if I am on the right lines or not.
Total As in 100mL flask = 2.5 x 100/1000 = 0.25mg
Total As in the 5mL aliquot = 0.25mg
Total As in 50mL aliquot = 0.25 x 50/5 = 2.5mg
Total As in 4mL aliquot = 2.5mg
Total As in 50mL flask = 2.5 x 50/4 = 31.25mg
Conc in sediment = 31.25/0.5 = 62.5mg g-1
I won't bother converting it into mg/kg. I just want to make sure I have the right jist here