What is the threshold odor number (TON) for the follow- ing sample?

The first detectable odor occurred when the 20 mL sample was diluted to 200 mL (180 mL of odor-free water was added to the 20 mL sample)

1 Answer
Jun 21, 2017

The TON is 10.


The threshold odour number is the dilution factor at which the odour is just detectable.

The dilution factor is given by

#color(blue)(bar(ul(|color(white)(a/a) "DF" = V_text(f)/V_text(i) color(white)(a/a)|)))" "#

where #V_text(f)# and #V_text(i)# are the final and initial volumes, respectively.

In the example, you have diluted 20 mL to 200 mL.

#"DF" = (200 color(red)(cancel(color(black)("mL"))))/(20 color(red)(cancel(color(black)("mL")))) = 10#


#"TON" =10#