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I did a lab the other day where we separated a mixture of NaCl, SiO2, and CaCO3. The Mixture was made by my professor and we did not know the original amounts of each compound. After recovering all of the compounds we found that there was..
36.4% NaCl
36.4% SiO2
40.9% CaCO3
the total % recovered was 113.7% with a 13.7% error. I do not understand how we recovered more that the original sample. One of the post lab questions ask
1. List possible manipulation errors that might contribute to the following errors:
-obtaining a significant larger amount of NaCl than as present in the original sample;
-Obtaining a significant small amount SiO2 than was present in the original sample.

help me please! I thought maybe the physical form of the NaCl changed the mass after the boiling off process, I have also thought about the chemical bonding process, but it doesn't make an sense to me.

asked by derek
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