What is the best way to remove waters of hydration from a moist product in an experimental setting?
#a)# Filter it
#b)# Drying it in an oven
#c)# Use a hair dryer
#d)# React it with something else
#d)# Put a bunsen burner against it
Well, uh, apparently there's more than one option here...
The best way is to filter it, and then dry it in an oven. The last thing you want to do (i.e. the one thing you never want to do) is to heat the sample with a bunsen burner... you could very well turn the product into black tar.
Filtering it would get rid of any immediate water. It could be as simple as gravity filtration:
And drying it in an oven at the appropriate temperature setting (assuming it doesn't malfunction and turn off at the wrong time like mine did) will remove the remaining waters of hydration.
Clearly, the hair dryer is a distractor, reacting it with another compound would consume the product you should have spent hours to make, and bunsen burners would be too direct...