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Detection of Urea in Urine

Urea is present mainly in the urine of all mammals, but it also occurs in blood, bile and milk. Urea is naturally produced during the process of breakdown of proteins. Due to this process, amino groups are removed from the amino acid present in the proteins. These amino groups are converted to highly toxic ammonia (NH3), and the ammonia thus produced is finally converted to urea by the liver. The urea thus formed then passes to the kidneys and is finally excreted from the body through the urine.   This video explains how to detect the presence of urea in…

Characteristics of Flowers

Flowers, the reproductive organs of all plants, distinguish flowering plants (angiosperms) from seed plants (gymnosperms). Flowers that contain either male or female parts are called imperfect, while those with both are called perfect flowers. The stamen is the male reproductive part that is comprised of a yellow anther that features a sac full of pollen, and the delicate, long stem it rests on, called the filament. The female reproductive part is the pistil that is usually found in the center of a flower. It is comprised of three parts–the upper sticky part that catches and traps pollen is the stigma;…

Tests for Group II Lead Ion

Lead is a soft grey metal. It is used in shots and weights. Lead is found in many salts like lead chloride and lead sulphate as lead (II) ion. In group II, lead (II) ions are precipitated as their sulphides by passing hydrogen sulphide gas through their solution. Lead (II) ions on reaction with conc. nitric acid and sulphuric acid to form a white precipitate of lead acetate. These ions also form yellow precipitate of lead iodide and lead chromate on reaction with potassium iodide and potassium chromate respectively.   This video explains how to test for the presence of…

Tests for Unsaturation

In organic chemistry, there are saturated and unsaturated organic compounds. Saturated compounds contain chain of carbon atoms linked together by single bonds. Alkanes are examples of saturated compounds. Unsaturated compounds contain carbon – carbon double or triple bonds such as those found in alkenes and alkynes.   This video explains how to detect the presence of unsaturation in an organic compound using some simple tests.  

Tests for Ferric Ion

Iron is a chemical element with symbol Fe. Iron is in +3 oxidation sate is called ferric ion. It is found in salt like ferric chloride. In group III, ferric ion is precipitated as its hydroxide by adding ammonium hydroxide to its solution. The reddish brown precipitate of ferric hydroxide is dissolved in HCl due to the formation of soluble ferric chloride. Ferric chloride reacts with potassium ferrocyanide to form prussian blue coloured Ferric ferrocyanide and potassium sulphocyanide to form blood red coloured Ferric sulphocyanide.   This video explains how to test for the presence of ferric ion in a…

Tests for Cobalt Ion

Cobalt is a chemical element with symbol Co. It is found in various salts like cobalt chloride, cobalt nitrate and cobalt carbonate as Co (II) ion. Cobalt based blue pigments, cobalt blue, have been used for jewellery and paints and to impart distinctive blue tint to glass. In group IV, cobalt ions are precipitated as their sulphides by passing hydrogen sulphide gas through their solution. Cobalt ion reacts with potassium nitrite in presence of acetic acid to form yellow precipitate of Potassium cobaltinitrite. It also reacts with ether and a crystal of ammonium thiocyanate, to form blue coloured ammonium cobalti…

Detection of Starch in Food Samples

Starch is the most common carbohydrate in the human diet and is contained in many staple foods. The major sources of starch intake worldwide are cereals (rice, wheat, and maize) and root vegetables (potatoes and cassava). We can use iodine solution to test for the presence of starch. If starch is present is a food item, it turns blue-black colour when iodine solution is added to it.   This video explains how to test for the presence of starch in a given food sample.  

Distinguishing Between Solutions

A Solution is a Homogeneous mixture of two or more substances. The component that is present in the larger amount is called the solvent and that in smaller quantity is called the solute. Solutions are classified into three types based on their properties. •True solution: It is a homogeneous mixture of solute and solvent. •Suspension: It is a heterogeneous mixture of large particles. •Colloids :In colloids, the particles are uniformly distributed throughout the solution.   This video explains how to prepare and distinguish between true solution, suspension and colloid on the basis of their transparency, filtration criterion and stability.  

Chemical Tests for Iodide

Iodides are inorganic salts containing iodide ion, which is one of the largest monoatomic anions. In iodides, iodine is present in the formal oxidation state -1. In our daily life, iodide in encountered as a component of iodized salt. One important salt of iodide ion is silver iodide, which is highly photosensitive and widely used in photography.   This video explains how to test the presence of iodide ion in a given salt.  

Tests for Strontium Ion

Strontium is a chemical element with symbol Sr. It is a soft grey silvery metal. It is found in various salts like Strontium chloride, Strontium nitrate and Strontium carbonate as Sr2+ ion. In group V, Strontium ions are precipitated as their carbonates by adding ammonium carbonate to their solution. Strontium ion reacts with ammonium sulphate to form a white precipitate o strontium sulphate and it also imparts crimson red colour to the flame.   This video explains how to test the presence of Strontium ion in a given salt.  

Ohm’s Law and Resistance

According to the Ohm’s law, “The current flowing through a conductor is directly proportional to the potential difference across its ends provided the physical conditions (temperature, dimensions, pressure) of the conductor remains the same.” If I be the current flowing through a conductor and V be the potential difference across its ends, then according to Ohm’s Law, I α V.   This video explains how determine the resistance per cm of a given wire by plotting a graph of potential difference versus current.  

Determination of EMF of a Cell

The device which produces electrical energy from chemical reaction is called electrochemical cell. The best example of an electrochemical cell is the Daniell cell in which copper and zinc electrodes are immersed in a solution of copper sulfate zinc sulfate respectively. Here zinc acts as anode and copper acts as cathode. Potential difference between the two electrodes is called cell potential or emf of the cell. It is measured in volts.   This video explains how to study the variation of EMF in the zinc – copper electrochemical cell with change in concentration of electrolytes at room temperature.  

Force Required to Move a Wooden Block

According to Newton’s Second Law of Motion, the force acting on a body is directly proportional to the product of the mass of the body and the acceleration produced in the body by the application of the force. The acceleration takes place in the direction in which the force acts. Newton’s Second Law of Motion precisely explains the relationship between force and acceleration.   This video explains how to establish relationship between weight of a rectangular wooden block lying on a horizontal table and the minimum force required to just move it using a spring balance.  

Tests for Nickel Ion

Nickel is a chemical element with symbol Ni and atomic number 28. The most common oxidation state of nickel is +2, but compounds of Ni (0), Ni (I), and Ni (III) are well known. It is found in various salts like Nickel chloride, Nickel nitrate and Nickel carbonate as Ni (II) ion. Nickel ions are precipitated as their sulphides by passing hydrogen sulphide gas through their solution. Nickel (II) ions react with dimethylglyoxime to form bright rose-red coloured Nickel-Dimethylglyoxime complex and they react with excess of NaOH and bromine water to form a black precipitate of Nickelic hydroxide.   This…

Kinetics Study on the Reaction between Iodide Ions and Hydrogen Peroxide

The speed of a reaction or the rate of a reaction is defined as the change in concentration of a reactant or product in unit time. It can be expressed as, the rate of decrease in concentration of any one of the reactants or the rate of increase in concentration of anyone of the products. The speed of a reaction or the rate of a reaction is defined as the change in concentration of a reactant or product in unit time. It can be expressed as, the rate of decrease in concentration of any one of the reactants or the…

Single Displacement Reaction

Displacement reaction is a chemical reaction in which a more reactive element displaces a less reactive element from its compound. Both metals and non-metals take part in displacement reaction. An example of a single replacement reaction is the reaction of iron nails with copper sulphate solution. An important thing to remember with single displacement reaction is that elements that form cations can only displace cations and elements that form anions can only displace anions. There are two types of single displacement reactions : (a) Cation Replacement Reaction and (b) Anion Replacement Reaction. In cation replacement reaction, one cation replaces another…

Qualitative Analysis of Proteins

Protein is an important macronutrient essential for survival. They are constituent of calls and hence are present in all living bodies. 10-35% of calories should come from protein. Protein is found in meats, poultry, fish, meat substitutes, cheeses, milk etc. Proteins are large biological molecules composed of α-amino acids (Amino acid in which amino group is attached to α-carbon, which exist as zwitterions and are crystalline in nature). They contain carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sometimes phosphorus and sulphur.   This video explains some simple tests of proteins.  

Tests for Copper (II) ion

Copper is a chemical element with the symbol Cu. It is found in many salts like copper sulphate, copper chloride and copper carbonate as Copper (II) ion. In group II, copper (II) ions are precipitated as their sulphides by passing hydrogen sulphide gas through their solution. Copper (II) ions produce a deep blue coloured complex on reaction with ammonium hydroxide and the blue coloured complex then reacts potassium ferrocyanide to form a chocolate brown precipitate of copper ferrocyanide.   This video explains how to test for the presence of copper (II) ion in a given salt.  

Adaptation In Animals

Animals are multicellular organisms that are made up of eukaryotic cells and come under the kingdom Animalia. They have a well developed sensitive nervous systems and the ability of locomotion. Animals need to ingest other organisms, or their products, for sustenance because they do not perform photosynthesis. Animals are adapted to the conditions of the habitats in which they live. There are three major types of habitat: (a)Terrestrial (land) (b)Aquatic (water) (c) Aerial or arboreal (air or tree). Animals also depend on their physical features to help them move about, obtain food, and keep safe. These physical features are called…

Relative Reactivity of Metals

Metals are elements and are good conductors of heat and electricity. Most of the metals are electropositive in nature and the metal atoms lose electrons in chemical reactions to form cations. The more reactive a metal, the greater tendency it has to form a positive ion in a chemical reaction. A more reactive metal readily reacts with other elements. The most reactive metals will react even with water while the least reactive metals will not react even with acid.   This video explains the action of Zn, Fe, Cu and Mg metals on the solutions of copper sulphate, zinc sulphate…

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