% PURITY CALCULATIONS
and ASSAY CALCULATIONS
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Brown's Chemistry  GCSE/IGCSE/GCE (basic A level)
O Level Online Chemical Calculations
14.
Other GCSE chemical calculations % PURITY OF A PRODUCT from a chemical
preparation reaction
Quantitative chemistry calculations Help for problem solving in doing %
percentage purity calculations. To 'assay' means to analyse a sample for
its purity. This page includes of fully worked examples of percent purity calculations.
How do you do assay calculations? Online practice exam chemistry
CALCULATIONS and solved problems for KS4 Science GCSE/IGCSE CHEMISTRY
and basic starter chemical calculations for A level AS/A2/IB courses.
These revision notes and practice questions on how to calculate percent
purity and assay chemical calculations with worked examples are fully
worked out below and
should prove useful for the new AQA, Edexcel and OCR GCSE (9–1)
chemistry science courses as well as Advanced A Level Chemistry courses.
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See also
14.2a
% reaction yield and theoretical yield calculations
and why you can't actually get 100% yield in practice
14.2b atom economy calculations *
14.3 dilution of solutions calculations
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14.4
water of crystallisation
calculations
14.5
how
much of a reactant is needed? calculation of quantities required, limiting
reactant quantities
Chemical &
Pharmaceutical Industry Economics & Sustainability, Life Cycle
Assessment, Recycling
14.1 Percentage purity of a chemical reaction product

Purity is very
important e.g. for analytical standards in laboratories or
pharmaceutical products where impurities could have dangerous side
effects in a drug or medicine.

However in any chemical process it is
almost impossible to get 100.00% purity and so samples are always
analysed in industry to monitor the quality of the product.

The more a product is
processed e.g. by distillation or crystallisation, the more costly the
process, but the purer the product gets.

Somewhere there has to be a
compromise, so it is important that before sale, the product is assayed
or analysed as to its percentage purity.

It would not be acceptable
e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry to manufacture a drug for treating
us, with impurities in it, that may have harmful effects.

Similarly in fuels for road
vehicles, which themselves have additives in to enhance engine
performance, you wouldn't want other impurities that may cause engine
damage.

You can apply the same sort
of argument to thousands of domestic and industrial products from the
chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

An assay is any procedure used to
analyse and test for its purity of the % content of a specified
component in a mixture of a % of an element or ion etc.

% purity is the
percentage of the material which is the actually desired chemical in a sample
of it.

MASS of USEFUL PRODUCT 
PERCENT PURITY
= 100 x 
 

in TOTAL MASS of
SAMPLE 

Example 14.1 (Q1) Purity calculation

A 12.00g sample of a
crystallised pharmaceutical product was found to contain 11.57g of the
active drug.

Calculate the % purity of the sample of the drug.

% purity = actual
amount of desired material x 100 / total amount of material

% purity =
11.57 x 100 / 12 = 96.4% (to 1dp)



Example 14.1 (Q2) Purity calculation

Sodium chloride was
prepared by neutralising sodium hydroxide solution with dilute
hydrochloric acid. The solution was gently heated to evaporate most of
the water and allow the salt to crystallise. The crystals were separated
from any remaining solution and dried on a filter paper. However, the
crystals are not necessarily completely dry.

The salt maybe required to be completely anhydrous, that is, not containing
any water.

The prepared salt
was analysed for water by heating a sample in an oven at 110^{o}C
to measure the evaporation of any residual water.

The following results
were obtained and from them calculate the % purity of the salt.

Mass of evaporating
dish empty = 51.32g.

Mass of impure salt
+ dish = 56.47g

Mass of dish + salt
after heating = 56.15g

Therefore the mass
of original salt = 56.47  51.32 = 5.15g

and the mass of pure
salt remaining = 56.15  51.32 = 4.83g

% salt purity
= 4.83 x 100 / 5.15 = 93.8% (to 1dp)



Example 14.1 (Q3) Purity calculation
 an assay calculation is sketched out below for A Level students + link to
others.

Titrations can be used to
analyse the purity of a substance e.g. here an acid (aspirin) is
titrated with standard sodium hydroxide solution of concentration 0.1000
mol dm^{3}.

The aspirin is dissolved in
ethanol solvent, diluted with deionised water and titrated with standardised 0.100 mol/dm^{3}
sodium hydroxide solution using phenolphthalein indicator, the endpoint
is the first permanent pink colour.

An assay calculation is 'sketched
out' below.

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