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Why is it important to balance a centrifuge?

It is important to properly balance your centrifuge rotor because an unbalanced centrifuge will directly effect the outcome of the experiment, and lead to catastrophic damage to machine itself or even hurt or kill lab personnel.

How do you balance a centrifuge with 3 tubes?

To balance a centrifuge, put samples in the centrifuge so they are directly across from each other. If you only have one tube to centrifuge, you should balance it with a “blank” tube (a tube filled with water). If you have three tubes, you should put them in 1-7-13, so on and so forth.

What is the purpose of centrifuging your sample?

A centrifuge is a laboratory device that is used for the separation of fluids, gas or liquid, based on density. Separation is achieved by spinning a vessel containing material at high speed; the centrifugal force pushes heavier materials to the outside of the vessel.

What types of materials can a centrifuge separate out?

Centrifugation separates the components of heterogeneous mixtures. These include liquids in liquids, solids in liquids, and solids and liquids in gases. Centrifugation uses centrifugal force to move dense components to the outside of the container. This causes the solid to settle more rapidly and completely.

What is the basic principle behind centrifugation?

A centrifuge works by using the principle of sedimentation: Under the influence of gravitational force (g-force), substances separate according to their density. Different types of separation are known, including isopycnic, ultrafiltration, density gradient, phase separation, and pelleting.

What is an example of centrifuging that is used at home?

Washing machines use centrifugation during the spin cycle to separate water from laundry. A similar device spins the water out of swimsuits. Salad spinners, used to wash and then spin dry lettuce and other greens, are another example of a simple centrifuge.

What type of mixture can be separated by distillation Class 9?

⭕When the temperature starts rising, stop heating the flask. You will observe that in the distillation flask only pure water is left. ⭕This method is called distillation. It is used for separation of components of a mixture containing two miscible liquids that boil without decomposition and their boiling point.