Worksheet: Crystallization

In this worksheet, we will practice describing the correct procedure for recrystallization and its use in the production of diffraction-quality crystals.


Which of the following is not a method for increasing the crystallization rate?

  • AEvaporation of solvent
  • BScratching the inside of the flask
  • CAdding a second solvent
  • DGravity filtration
  • ECooling the flask


When performing a recrystallization, which of the following steps is not required?

  • AThe solution is left to cool.
  • BThe hot solution is filtered.
  • CRecrystallized material is washed.
  • DThe crude material is fully dissolved.
  • EUnwanted solutions are disposed of safely.


When applied to a solution, which of the following techniques could increase the purity of the resulting crystals?

  • AEvaporation of solvent
  • BCooling
  • CScratching the inside of the flask
  • DGravity filtration
  • EAdding a seed crystal


When recrystallizing a compound, for what purpose might the side of the flask be scratched with a glass rod?

  • ATo accelerate the growth of existing crystals
  • BTo accelerate primary nucleation
  • CTo warm the solution
  • DTo accelerate secondary nucleation
  • ETo mix the solution


Which of the following pieces of apparatus is not typically used in recrystallizations?

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D
  • E

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