Nutmeg post lab

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LAB ASSIGNMENT:

Isolation and Purification of Trimyristin from Nutmeg

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1.3Explain why the melting point is more useful than TLC for evaluating how pure your trimyristin is. Use specific numbers in your explanation.
2.3Explain why TLC is more useful than the melting point for distinguishing between the compounds trimyristin and myristic acid? Use specific numbers in your explanation.
3.2Suppose you wanted to improve your yield of trimyristin by using a different recrystallization solvent. According to the table of solubilities below, which solvent would be the best choice? Explain why.

Solvent A Solvent B Solvent C
2.7 g/L at 0 °C367 g/L at 0 °C4.2 g/L at 0 °C
12.6 g/L at 80 °C501 g/L at 82 °C441 g/L at 76 °C
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