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Year 12 Chemistry Lesson

Year Level(s) Years 11-12
Subject Area(s) Science General Science Chemistry Earth & Environmental Science
Topic(s) Energy Environment Mining Liquid Fuels
Publish Date 3rd May 2011

QER is acknowledged with providing assistance for this resource.

“Fractional distillation of crude oil”

The QER New Fuels Development Centre and oil shale mine at Yarwun near Gladstone is dedicated to the creation of low sulphur oil from shale to produce diesel and jet fuels. The secret to unlocking these and other fuels from oil is the process of fractional distillation. In this lesson, you will create your own miniature petroleum refinery.

In this lesson, students will:

  • Perform fractional distillation as a practical experiment
  • Investigate the organic chemistry of alkanes and its effect on boiling points.

This lesson has been designed to align with the Queensland Chemistry syllabus for Year 12.

Fractional Distillation of Crude Oil - Year 12

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