1.1 General Approach

Step by step:

(Usually days ahead of time)

  1. Decide on a scale for your reaction. The following factors will influence your decision.
    1. Have you run the reaction before? On what scale?
    2. How precious is the reactant?
    3. Will you need the reactant for any other experiments?
    4. How expensive are the reagents?
    5. What are you doing with the product?
  2. Rules of thumb
  3. Calculate your reactant and reagent quantities.
  4. Locate or order the chemicals needed, and find out if additional purification will be necessary.
  5. Predict how long the reaction will take to set up, run, and work up.
  6. Plan a time to begin the experiment such that you can stay with it and monitor it until:
    1. It has gone to completion and you have worked it up OR
    2. It has been stirring at a constant temperature for one hour and is less than 25% complete.


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