Scientific Reasoning- Isolation of Natural Products

Isolation of Natural Products

Question 1: If each bag of Lipton black tea contains 55 mg of caffeine, what is the maximum amount of caffeine that you could extract? – assume that all caffeine is extracted into the initial hot water.

Question 2: What is the maximum caffeine extracted using our procedure if the Kd for caffeine is 7.2? Explain why the amount increases or decreases.

Question 3: It is often quite difficult to precisely determine the mass of pure caffeine recovered. What are 2-3 potential sources of error? Is it possible to improve the accuracy using our equipment? – yes or no and explain your thinking.

 

Scientific Reasoning- Isolation of Natural Products

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