Serial Dilution Concentration Calculation

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Serial Dilution Concentration Calculation

Post by meli4 » Sat Sep 29, 2012 12:21 am

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First Serial Dilution
In a lab I did a serial dilution starting off with a stock solution that was 200 µg/mL. In the first tube I transferred 2 mL from the stock solution and from that one I transferred 1 mL to the following tube and so on. I calculated the following:
Tube 1: 200 µg/mL
Tube 2: 100 µg/mL
Tube 3: 50 µg/mL
After that dilution I had to add two additional solution to each tube. The total volume of both solutions was 1.1 mL. So, for example, in tube 1 I had 1 mL of the 200 µg/mL solution and to that I added 1.1 mL so it gets diluted even more. I'm confused as to how I calculate the concentration now because I've calculated it different ways and I get different answers. In the second dilution, it says the final volume is 3.1 so does that mean I should just calculate the concentration directly using that volume and forget about the first calculation I did? Or do I have to calculate the concentration in two steps. I emailed my instructor and she said that that image gave me a hint on how to calculate it because it gave me the final volume...I'm assuming she means to use the 3.1 mL.

Please help :(
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Second Dilution

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Post by Cat » Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:37 pm

The formula is:

C1V1 = C2V2

C1 = Initial concentration
V1 = Initial volume
C2 = Final concentration
V2 = Final volume

So, tube 1 is

200 µg/mL x 1 mL = X µg/mL x 2.1 mL
X = 95.24 µg/mL

You can calculate the rest the same way.

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Re: Serial Dilution Concentration Calculation

Post by semac » Wed Oct 17, 2012 7:20 am

hello Meli,

An easy serial dilution tool, freely useable is available on this website ... -download/

give a look it is very easy to use.

Best regards,


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Re: Serial Dilution Concentration Calculation

Post by vanwa71 » Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:28 am
I use this Android phone calculator. It's fully automated and flexible.

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