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Re: Can someone check my math?

Jerry Leong wrote:
 > Aaron Ivers  wrote:
 > Subject: Can someone check my math?

 > Is it acceptable to assume that 1 mL of this stuff then                 
 > represents (1000 mg x 97% x 30%) or 291 mg of PO4?
> > Also sounds good.

>>Concentrated Phosphoric Acid is much denser than water 
(approx. 1.8(?) for a 97% concentration) - a 30% sol. is approx. 
1.2.  This means that unless your calculations include the 
differences due to the specific gravity and if you are using a volume 
measurement (ml), you'll be adding approximately 20% more 
phosphate than you think you're adding.<<

Since you're using volumes, density _doesn't_ matter. 1 ml still 
contains a solution with a concentration of 291,000 mg per liter 
PO4. 1 ml is 1/1000 of a liter, or:

       1 ml x 291,000 ug/ml = 291,000 ug = 291 mg.

If you didn't have a way of measuring volume, you could 
theoretically weigh out the solution to get 1 ml total volume, which 
would be ~1.2 g, based on a density of 1.2 g/cc.

      1.2 g / (1.2 g/cc) = 1 cc = 1ml.

Jamie    <"\\\>< Aquatic plants, water chemistry, and cichlids
Greenwood, SC     http://www.ais-gwd.com/~jjirons