Grade 12 Students Make Aspirin

Students in Grade 12 Chemistry completed their Organic Chemistry unit by making a common medication used to treat pain, fever and inflammation called acetylsalicylic acid, more commonly known as Aspirin. Over the course of three days, students completed a traditional organic chemistry lab where they were responsible for synthesizing (creating) aspirin by performing an esterification reaction, purifying the aspirin using crystallization and then testing its purity.

See photos of Grade 12 Chemestry class making aspirin: