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Innovating Science® - Small Group Learning: Fractional Distillation

Small Group Learning: Fractional Distillation

Product # IS2521-SGL

Crude oil is a complex mixture of many useful hydrocarbons such as gasoline, kerosene, butane, and motor oil. In order to be of use, these hydrocarbons must first be separated from each other. In this activity, students will complete a fractional distillation experiment to simulate the fractionation of crude oil. Topics such as boiling and condensation points, conservation of matter, and forces between molecules are covered as they factor into how a distillation is performed. This kit contains enough material for 5 groups. Teacher's Manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included.

Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*

Disciplinary Core Ideas: PS1.A; PS1.B
Performance Expectations: HS-PS1-3; HS-PS1-5; HS-PS1-7
Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns; Energy and Matter; Scientific Knowledge Assumes an Order and Consistency in Natural Systems
Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking

Kit Includes:
150mL Simulated Crude Oil
5 Rubber Stoppers
10 Disposable Cups
5 pieces Tubing

DOT Info:
UN1993, Flammable liquid, n.o.s., (Methyl alcohol), 3, III, Ltd Qty

*"Next Generation Science Standards" is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.

WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including Methanol and Phthalates, which are known to the State of California to cause reproductive harm. For more information go to

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