To get the energy released per gram: Energy released / J/g = Energy released per Joule / Mass of fuel burned To get the energy released per mole: Energy released / J/m = Energy released / J/g x Weight of molecule (e. g. 46g) Analysing the results: I found out that as the size of the molecule increases so does the energy released. My tables of results, the average results and the graph clearly shows as the molecule chain size increases so does the energy released per mole. The graph shows a steady rate of increase suggesting my results are correct.
My results also show that less fuel is used in the heavier compounds. My prediction was correct as the heavier the hydrocarbon the more energy it produces because of their increased chain length, meaning the more carbon and hydrogen atoms there are the more energy it produces and therefore making it bigger and weigh more. In my research I know that the number of particles such as carbon increased from 1 in Methanol, to 4 in Butanol. The more carbon atoms it had the more energy it produced. Evaluation: I believe I took enough results at 50i??
for each compound to get a fairly reliable result. Three results on each were good enough for me to get a good estimate average. I tried to keep to my original fair test plan but due to different types of spirit burners on some occasions I had to lower the can. Even though each time the wick was the same length the flame sometimes had problems with the flame touching the can and heating it. Sometimes due to drafts etc the stability of the flame was interrupted and resulted in it pointing in other directions, which may explain the large gap in my ethanol results.
The chart is based on the averages, which dont really show any discrepancies however individual results do. The difference between result 2 and 3 was over 83,000 J/m released which is a very large gap compared with the other results. Although I believe he average is quite accurate I cannot say they are totally reliable, as those results didnt fit the pattern. Both Methanol and Propanol gave good constant results but once again with a large gap of 75,000 J/m energy released in the Butanol experiment however 2 results were virtually the same.
These results I believe were caused by problems with the flame heating the can. As the flame was a yellow flame the experiment was not burning all the fuel and not enough oxygen was getting to the fuel. If I were to repeat the experiment I would maybe use an isolated incubation filled with oxygen so results are more accurate due to complete combustion. Things such as drafts and other gases would be kept out of the reaction. Because of drafts etc the fuel was not always being heated so my results for that reason may be a little inaccurate.
I might also try using the same type of bottle and wick for each experiment so the wick is always the same distance from the beaker of water. This would make sense as some bottles were smaller than others and the flames had trouble touching and heating the water. We changed the bottle but it was still not quite right and flames were different for each experiment. This could also be the fault of the wick as some were thick and others thin. With all these differences I dont believe my results are as accurate as they could be.
Maybe if I had more time I would have extended the range of compounds tested and probably at lower temperatures to get accurate results. This would allow me to see further what happens when you increase the amount of particles in a molecule and the affect it has on the amount of energy released. I might also try how long it takes the fuel to heat different amounts of water or even a totally different compound. Show preview only The above preview is unformatted text This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Electricity and Magnetism section.