CHEM-BIO program from Vernier loaded on the calculator
Vernier Pressure Sensor with syringe and CBL DIN adapter
2 rubber bands or tape
4 beakers to be filled with water of different temperatures
room temperature/cool water
Place 2 beakers of water on hot plate. Leave one on long enough to get warm
water and leave the other on long enough to begin boiling.
Fill a third beaker with room temperature/cool water and a fourth with cool
water and ice.
While water is warming up, set up the CBL, calculator, and other equipment
as in the following figure.
Connect the CBL and TI-83 calculator with the black link cable. Use the
piece of tubing to connect the syringe to the pressure sensor and the CBL
DIN adapter to connect the pressure sensor to the CBL. Open the blue valve
on the pressure sensor to open the syringe to the outside air. Fill the syringe
to 10cc of air and then turn the blue valve to close off the syringe to the
outside air. Connect the pressure sensor to channel 2 (CH2). Connect the temperature
probe to channel 1 (CH1) on the CBL. Attach the temperature probe to the syringe
using the rubber bands or tape so that they will stay together when you are
Once all of your equipment is connected, and the water baths have reached
appropriate temperatures, begin the data collection program.
Turn on the TI-83 calculator and the CBL. Press the PRGM button on the calculator
to get a listing of your programs. Move your cursor or press the correct number
to select the CHEMBIO program. Press ENTER again to start program. Follow
the directions on the screen until you reach the main menu for the program.
Choose SET UP PROBES from the list. The CBL screen should have three dashes
across it (to signify communication between it and the calculator) and the
calculator should then give you a prompt for the number of probes being used.
In this case we are using the pressure and temperature probes, so we will
press 2 and ENTER.
Next you will need to select the correct probes and channel numbers. Remember
the temperature probe is in CH1 and the pressure probe is in CH2.
The stored calibration for the pressure sensor should work. If you are getting
reasonable data, use it and ATM for the units. If you are getting bad data,
you may need to calibrate the pressure sensor. Select the manual entry option.
For atmospheres, the intercept is 0.729 and the slope is 0.271. If you wish
to use a different unit, you can find the calibration numbers on the Vernier
You should now be back at the main menu for the program. Now we want to
choose COLLECT DATA and then choose MONITOR INPUT. At this point, both the
CBL and calculator should be showing readings from the probes.
Now we want to place the syringe and temperature probe into the first temperature
bath. Start with the ice water because it is easier to warm up the temperature
probe than it is to cool it down. Make sure you do not get the pressure probe
itself wet. Just put the syringe into the water.
Watch the readings on the calculator. Once they stabilize, record readings
of temperature (in Celsius) and pressure in data table.
After these numbers have been recorded, move the syringe to the room temperature/cool
water bath. Again, wait for the readings to stabilize and record them in the
data table. Repeat these steps for the warm water and boiling water baths.
Once you have done all four baths, press the + button on the calculator
to stop the readings. Disassemble and clean up all of your equipment.
Convert temperature readings to Kelvin and record those in the data table.
Make a graph of pressure (Y-axis) vs. Kelvin temperature (X-axis) and start
Draw a line to best fit the shape of the graph. Continue this line so that
it passes through a pressure reading of zero (crosses the x-axis). Read this
temperature and record this as the value for absolute zero.