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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…

AC Sonometer

A sonometer is an apparatus used to study the transverse vibrations of stretched strings. It is in the form of a hollow wooden rectangular box. On the wooden rectangular box there are two bridges and a pulley at one end. A wire string is attached to one end of the wooden box, run over the bridges and pulley and carries a weight hanger at the free end. A sonometer is used to determine the frequency of alternating current. A step down transformer is used for the determination of frequency of A.C. because the voltage of the A.C. mains is 220V,…

Tests for the Calcium Ion

Calcium is a soft gray alkaline earth metal with symbol Ca. It is found in various salts like calcium chloride, calcium nitrate and calcium carbonate as Ca2+ ion. In group V, calcium ions are precipitated as their carbonates by adding ammonium carbonate to their solution. Calcium ion reacts with ammonium oxalate to form a white precipitate o calcium oxalate and it imparts brick red colour to the flame.   This video explains how to test for the presence of calcium ion in a given salt.  

Chemical Tests for Sulphite

Sulphites are compounds containing sulphite ions. In sulphite ion, the sulphur atom is doubly bonded to one oxygen atom and singly bonded to other two oxygen atoms. There is also a non-bonded lone pair of electrons on the sulphur. Sulphites are often used as preservatives in dried fruits, preserved radish and dried potato products.   This video explains how to test the presence of sulphite ion in a given salt.  

Decomposition Reaction

Decomposition is a type of chemical reaction and it may be defined as the reaction in which a single compound splits into two or more simple substances under suitable conditions. It is just the opposite of the combination reaction. The digestion of food in our body is accompanied by a number of decomposition reactions. There are three types of decomposition reactions : Thermal, Electrolytic and Photo decomposition reactions. Thermal decomposition is a chemical reaction where a single substance breaks into two or more simple substances when heated. Electrolytic decomposition may result when electric current is passed through an aqueous solution…

Tests for Magnesium Ion

Magnesium is a chemical element with symbol Mg. It is found in various salts like magnesium chloride and magnesium sulphate as Mg2+ ion. In group VI, magnesium ions form a precipitate of magnesium ammonium phosphate with ammonium phosphate solution. Magnesium ions react with ammonium phosphate in presence of ammonium chloride and ammonium hydroxide to form white precipitate of magnesium ammonium phosphate.   This video explains how to test for the presence of magnesium ion in a given salt.  

Chemical Tests for Carbonate

In chemistry, carbonate is an inorganic salt, characterized by the presence of carbonate ion, in which a carbon atom is surrounded by three oxygen atom in a triangular planar manner. Carbonate minerals are found in sedimentary rocks. The most common is calcite, the main component of limestone. Salts of carbonates like sodium carbonate and potassium carbonate are used for cleaning and preservation, as well as for the manufacturing of glass.   This video explains how to test the presence of carbonate ion in a given salt.  

Studies on Turbidity, pH and Microbial Presence in Water

Water covers about three-quarters of the earth’s surface and it is essential for all known forms of life. Water is a habitat for a variety of plants and animals which have special adaptations to survive in their habitats. Some of the characteristics that control the quality of water are the turbidity of water, pH of water and different types of plants and animals and their density.   Turbidity is the measure of the relative clarity of a liquid. Turbidity of the water body determines the depth to which light can penetrate and thus affects the distribution and photosynthesis of phytoplankton…

Tests for zinc Ion

Zinc is a chemical element with symbol Zn. It is found in various salts like zinc chloride and zinc sulphate as Zn (II) ion. Zinc ions are precipitated as their sulphides by passing hydrogen sulphide gas through their solution. Zinc ions react with sodium hydroxide to form white precipitate of zinc hydroxide and also react with potassium ferrocyanide to form white or bluish white precipitate of zinc ferrocyanide.   This video explains how to test for the presence of zinc ion in a given salt.  

Combination Reaction

Combination reaction is a general category of a chemical reaction and it may be defined as the chemical reaction in which two or more substances combine to form a single substance under suitable conditions. Combination reactions are also known as synthesis because in these reactions new substances are synthesized. Combination reactions involve the formation of new bonds and this process releases a large amount of energy in the form of heat.   This video explains the combination reaction of quick lime with water.  

Preparation of Pure Sample of Potassium Trioxalatoferrate (III)

Potassium trioxalatoferrate (III) is an octahedral transition metal complex with the formula K3[Fe(C2O4)3], in which three bidentate oxalate ions are bound to an iron center. The central iron atom is in the +3 oxidation state. This complex can be prepared by dissolving freshly prepared ferric hydroxide in a solution of potassium oxalate and oxalic acid.   This video explains how to prepare a pure sample of Potassium trioxalatoferrate (III).  

Imbibition by Raisins

Water is the most important constituent of plants and is essential for the maintenance of life, growth and development. Transportation of water into and through a plant takes place by different processes like osmosis, diffusion and imbibition. Imbibition is the process of adsorption of water by substances without forming a solution. Swelling of seeds when immersed in water is an example of imbibition. Itis the temporary increase in the volume of the cell.   Raisins when soaked in water swell up due to imbibition. As a result of absorption or imbibition of water, the size of the raisins increases. The…

Tests for Barium Ion

Barium is a chemical element with symbol Ba. It is found in various salts like barium nitrate, barium sulphate and barium carbonate as Ba2+ ion. In group V, barium ions are precipitated as their carbonates by adding ammonium carbonate to their solution. Barium ion reacts with potassium chromate to form yellow precipitate of barium chromate and it also imparts grassy green colour to the flame.   This video explains how to test the presence of barium ion in a given salt.  

Quantitative Estimation

Quantitative estimation is a branch of analytical chemistry which helps to determine the quantity of a substance present in a given sample. One of the important methods in Quantitative estimation is the Volumetric analysis, also called titration. It is used to determine the unknown concentration of a sample by measuring its volume. In a titration, a solution of unknown concentration is reacted with a solution of known concentration. The solution taken in the burette is called the titrant and the solution taken in the conical flask is called the analyte.   This video explains how to determine the strength of…

Purification of Potash Alum by Crystallization

Potash alum is a double salt of potassium sulphate and aluminum sulphate. It is highly water soluble. To prepare pure crystals of potash alum, dissolve the sample in distilled water and remove the insoluble impurities by filtration. This solution is concentrated to the crystallization point and cooled. Colourless transparent crystals of potash alum separate. The soluble impurities are left behind in the mother liquor. Potash alum has an octahedral geometry.   This video explains how to prepare pure crystals of potash alum form an impure sample through crystallization.  

Distinguish between Mixture and Compound

All matter can be classified into two categories: pure substances and mixtures. A pure substance consists of elements or compounds.Elements are the simplest substances in nature and a compound is formed when two or more elements chemically combined together. The components of a compound lose their individual properties and the properties of a compound are different from their individual components. A mixture is a combination of two or more substances which are not chemically the same. In a mixture, the components are present in any proportion and they can be identified visually within the mixture. The properties of a mixture…

Tests for Manganese Ion

Manganese is a chemical element with symbol Mn and atomic number 25. It is not found as a free element in nature; it is often found in minerals in combination with iron. The most common oxidation states of manganese are +2, +3, +4, +6, and +7, though all oxidation states from −3 to +7 have been observed. The most stable oxidation state for manganese is +2, which has a pale pink color, and many manganese(II) compounds are known, such as manganese (II) sulfate and manganese (II) chloride.   This video explains how to test for the presence of manganese (II)…

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