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  1. #1 Seperating Soluble Solids 
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    Hey Guys, I'd like some input on a problem I'm having here please:

    So the thing is, I have a container that I have filled with Copper Acetate and Sodium Chloride crystals that I have previously synthesized. As I'm sure you know, they are both readily soluble in water, and so I need another way of separating them, perhaps if you know of some kind of organic solvent that one dissolves in and the other doesn't that would be awesome. Thanks.

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    According to this: Copper(II) acetate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    It is soluble in alcohol. I assume they mean ethanol, in which NaCl is not very soluble. Of course, you would need pretty pure alcohol to prevent the sodium chloride dissolving in the water present. I don't know if that is readily available where you are.

    Otherwise it is the old-fashioned way: magnifying glass and tweezers!

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    make/buy some more, they are cheap--ie not worth the effort
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