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    Melting Point for Known Compounds

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    * Unknown compound that shows an observed melting range of 90-94 Ë?C. Which is to be, X (listed mp 97-98 Ë?C) or candidate Y (listed mp 86-87 Ë?C). Why might your sample not have the same melting range as either of the known compounds, given that it must be one of them?

    * Test tubes labeled A, B, and C contain substances with the same melting points. How could you prove (using the melting point technique) the test tubes contained three different chemical compounds?

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    * Unknown compound that shows an observed melting range of 90-94 Ë?C. Which is to be, X (listed mp 97-98 Ë?C) or candidate Y (listed mp 86-87 Ë?C).

    The unknown compound with a melting range of 90-94 must be compound X not compound Y. The reason for this is that a pure compound will always have a higher melting point (and narrower melting range) that the same compound with impurities. The unknown compound is consistent with X since it has both a lower melting point* and wider ...

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    The solution determines why might the sample not have the same melting range as either known compounds. As well as how to prove test tubes contained three different chemical compounds.

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