You will identify the relationship between concentration, temperature, and conductivity by observing a change in the conductivity of a solution when the concentration and temperature of the solution are changed.
After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:
The ability of a substance to conduct electricity depends on a variety of factors. Solids that are ionic do not conduct electricity very well. This is because the positive and negative charges in the solid are balanced due to an exchange of electrons within the solid. When these compounds are dissolved in water, however, the resulting solution can conduct electricity.
As the concentration of ions increases, the ability to conduct electricity also increases. This is due to the increase in positive and negative charges. An increase in ions enables more electron exchange, which in turn creates higher electrical conductivity.
An increase in temperature also gives a solid a higher solubility, which results in a greater number of ions present in the solution. An increase in ions leads to an increase in the conductivity of the solution.
|Approximate Time||20 Minutes|
|Pre-requisite Concepts||Learners should know the concepts of concentration and the effects of temperature on solubility. Learners should also know the concepts of electrical conductivity and how electrons are transferred between atoms within a substance.|
|Type of Tutorial||Experiment|
|Key Vocabulary||anode, calibration, calibration data|