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Determination of Calcium Carbonate in Eggshells. Purpose The purpose of this lab is to find out how much calcium carbonate is in an eggshell.

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1 Determination of Calcium Carbonate in Eggshells

2 Purpose The purpose of this lab is to find out how much calcium carbonate is in an eggshell.

3 Procedure Obtain an egg. Break the egg into a beaker. Add water to the egg and stir before pouring the egg down the drain. Wash the shell with deionized water and peel off all the membranes from the inside of the shell. These membranes (proteins), if left, will react with the NaOH. Dry the eggshell with a paper towel and put into a labeled beaker. Wash your hands with soap and water. Dry the shell for about 10 minutes in the oven Grind the shell to a fine powder in a mortar. Accurately weigh between 0.45 and 0.55g of dried eggshell into each of 3 labeled 250 mL Erlenmeyer flasks. Be sure you know how much eggshell is in each flask. Add several drops of ethanol to each flask. This acts as a wetting agent and helps the HCl dissolve the CaCO 3 Carefully pour 10.0 mL of 1.0M of HCl into each of the Erlenmeyer flasks with the eggshell in it. Swirl the flask to wet the entire solid. Heat the solutions in the 250 mL flasks until they begin to boil and then allow them to cool. Do not let them boil to dry. Rinse the walls of the flask with water from a wash bottle. Add 3-4 drops of phenolphthalein indicator to each flask. Prepare a buret with 0.1M NaOH. Titrate one sample of eggshell to the first persistent pink colour. When you are close to the endpoint the colour will fade slowly. Add the remaining NaOH dropwise or by half drops until the color remains for at least 30 seconds. Repeat the titration for the other two samples. Calculate the percentage calcium carbonate in each sample. Find the literature value for the percentage of CaCO 3 in the typical chicken egg.

4 Results.454g CaCO2 2.86mL NaOH 107% CaCO2.451g CaCO2 3.00mL NaOH 107% CaCO2.452g CaCO2 2.35mL NaOH 108% CaCO2

5 Observations When we poured the HCl into the eggshell it bubbled Clumps of white eggshell left When we dropped the correct amount of NaOH it turned fluorescent pink because of the phenolphthalein indicator

6 Calculations

7 Conclusion We suck at doing experiments.

8 Conclusion Continued.. Just kidding~! We were able to find out how much calcium carbonate is in an eggshell through the process of volumetric analysis. Applying significant figures to our calculations would skew our results from 107% and 108% to 100%. That still doesnt make sense because calcium carbonate isnt the only component of eggshells. Also, we had excess eggshell after adding the HCl which would have skewed our results in the opposite direction than they were skewed. So our results arent too reliable. One theorized issue might have been the molarity of the HCl. We repeated the calculations using 0.8 M instead of the labeled 1 M and got a percent calcium carbonate of 85% which makes sense. The theoretical results after research were found to be between 77% and 95% calcium carbonate in the eggshell. Cool!


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