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Investigating Whether There is a Link Between The Number of Carbon Atoms in a Fuel and the Amount of Heat Produced

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Investigating Whether There is a Link Between The Number of Carbon Atoms in a Fuel and the Amount of Heat Produced

Aim

The aim is to investigate if there is a link between the number of

carbon atoms in a fuel and the amount of heat produced by that fuel.

Prediction

I predict that the more carbon atoms that are in a fuel, the more heat

the fuel will generate.

Risk Assessment

There are some safety precautions that will have to be taken when the

experiment is carried out. These will be determined by the hazards

that are in the room and hazards that could occur.

These are:

Ÿ Heatproof mat

Ÿ Goggles

Ÿ Tie tucked in shirt

Ÿ Hair clipped back

Ÿ The alcohol’s are flammable so care must be taken with them

Ÿ Equipment might get hot

Ÿ There will be naked flames

Equipment used and reasons

³ Calorimeter - this is used to hold water. This is used because

it is non flammable so even when in close contacts with the fuels, it

will not burn.

³ Tripod - this is used to keep calorimeter at a safe distance

away from the fuels.

³ Heat proof mat - this is used so that the desk does not get

burned or marked when the fuels are burning.

³ Thermometer - this is used to measure the temperature of the

water, before and after the experiment.

³ Measuring cylinder - this was used to measure the 100ml of water

that was needed for the experiment.

³ Alcohols - this is used as the fuels for the experiment

³ Foil - this is used to stop heat escaping for the fuels so that

the water heats up more quickly.

³ Balances - this is used to weight the fuels before and after
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