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Hydrated Compounds Some compounds exist in a hydrated state. Some specific number of water molecules are present for each molecule of the compound.

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1 Hydrated Compounds Some compounds exist in a hydrated state. Some specific number of water molecules are present for each molecule of the compound.

2 Example: oxalic acid (COOH) 2 can be obtained in the laboratory as (COOH) 2 2H 2 O. note: the dot in (COOH) 2 2H 2 O shows that the crystals of oxalic acid contain 2 water molecules per (COOH) 2 molecule. the dot does not mean to multiply!

3 Hydration Number Some molecules attach themselves to water molecules. This is done in set numbers, depending on the molecule. For example, magnesium sulfate attaches to 7 water molecules. We say its hydration number is 7 MgSO 4 7H 2 O (magnesium sulfate heptahydrate)

4 Example: oxalic acid (COOH) 2 can be obtained in the laboratory as (COOH) 2 2H 2 O. The molar mass of (COOH) 2 = g/mol The molar mass of (COOH) 2 2H 2 O = g/mol Water can be driven out of a hydrated compound by heating it to leave an anhydrous (without water) compound.

5 Example: A 7.0 g sample of calcium nitrate, Ca(NO 3 ) 2 4H 2 O, is heated to constant mass. How much anhydrous salt remains? % mass anhydrous salt = Mass of anhydrous salt remaining =

6 Anhydrides A compound that is normally a hydrate and has lost its hydration water is said to be anhydrous and is called an anhydride. BaCl 2 2H 2 Obarium chloride dihydrate BaCl 2 barium chloride anhydride -or- anhydrous barium chloride

7 Finding the Hydration Number The hydration number can be conveniently found by heating the compound and measuring its mass loss. This mass loss is usually due to the hydration water molecules being driven off. For example… A g sample of a hydrate of strontium nitrate, Sr(NO 3 ) 2 nH 2 O, is heated to a constant mass of g. Calculate the hydration number.

8 Mass Hydrate15.35g Mass Anhydride 11.45g Mass of Water (mass loss)3.90g Sample Data:

9 Calculations Moles Anhydride Moles Water Molar ratio… Hydration Number is 4, Sr(NO 3 ) 2 4H 2 O strontium nitrate tetrahydrate


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