RonO (rono_60103) wrote,

Chemistry Question:

Looking at the progress of Derrick's crystal growing experiment, I'm beginning to wonder if acetone or vinegar (acetic acid) prevents the formation of crystals for either (or both) sugar or salt.

The experiment that is being run is to attempt to make crystals by the string in solution method out of solutions of sugar and salt dissolved in both acetone (100% according to the bottle) and distilled vinegar (5% acetic acid). After more than 48 hours the only changes we've seen is a noticeable reduction in the volume in all 4 containers, but more so in the acetone containers, and little crystals of salt above the original line in the vinegar/salt solution.

Of course it may just be too early to see any seed crystals forming by this method.
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