Also I forgot to ask how to get the percent yield.
I'm not sure but I guess I could calculate the percent yield of both camphor produced and isoborneol produced.
What is getting to me is the ratios...
I added the sodium hypochorite and also the glacial acetic acid but I'm not sure what is the limiting reagent or the ratio of the production of camphor to the reagent ratio.
For the percent yield of the isoborneol I know that there is a racemic mix produced consisting of borneol and isoborneol with isoborneol being the major compound. I'm not sure what is the limiting reagent though...
I think that I can use all the reactants and then calculate the theoretical yield of each and then see which is the limiting but I'm not sure once again about the ratio.
I need help with that too...
I'm not up to answering most of the first question; however, I suspect you did not oxidize anything with NaCl. As for the limiting reagent second part, forget about the limiting reagent. All of the glacial acetic acid, hypochlorite, sodium borohydride and those other things you added don't go into the theoretical yield and they were there in excess. The yield comes from the starting material of borneol. And the final product is the product you were trying to get. You CAN calculate two percent yields if you wish but I suspect your prof wants the overall yield. The first would be the yield for camphor and the second would be the yield from camphor to isoborneol.
Back to the NaHCO3 thing, don't you think this is to neutralize the excess acetic acid?
Oh..so that's what it was for...
I guess I didn't think of that.
I suspect you did not oxidize anything with NaCl
No I didn't use NaCl at all in this lab.
You CAN calculate two percent yields if you wish but I suspect your prof wants the overall yield. The first would be the yield for camphor and the second would be the yield from camphor to isoborneol.
I wasn't told what he wanted..just I assumed I had to find the percent yield since we aren't weighing the product for nothing. Other people sounds surprised however that we have to find the percent yield after a experiment. (I learned in quant that of course you have to find the ammount of product you have if you have product that is weighable => you'd think this was common sense)
Thanks very much for replying to my post Dr.Bob =D
darn..forgot to take off bold..but if you look at it I think you can see which is your post (first 2 seperated sentences)
Yes, I got it ok. I think you would be safe if you calculated the overall yield. As for the NaCl, I guess that was a typo for in the first sentence you say "I went oxidized borneol with NaCl and added...."
Typo's are a hazard.
I think I got confused and typed NaCl instead of the sodium hypochlorite.
Thanks for your help Dr.Bob =D