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The best-selling Chemical Technicians' Ready Reference Handbook is the definitive reference on laboratory safety, analytical procedures, and instrumentation techniques for the modern chemical laboratory. Hailed in three previous editions for its scope and depth of coverage and concise, step-by-step directions for performing virtually every laboratory task, the Handbook remains the undisputed classic in the field. Revised to reflect the latest developments in operational procedures for today's sophisticated chemical technologies, the Fourth Edition features:

* Up-to-date information on the role of chemical laboratory technicians and chemical process operators in industry

* Current data on laboratory safety, chemical waste disposal, government regulations, and ISO-9000

* New and expanded chapters on laboratory statistics, computers in the laboratory, thermal analysis techniques, and electrophoresis

* Expanded step-by-step procedures for laboratory instrumentation, including chromatographic separation techniques and spectrophotometric methods

* Coverage of classic wet methods such as gravimetric and volumetric analysis, Karl Fischer water determinations, and Kjeldahl nitrogen.

The Chemical Technicians' Ready Reference Handbook continues to be the best place to turn for the procedures, techniques, an formulas used in the modern chemical laboratory.

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****The definitive reference of laboratory safety, analytic procedures, and instrumentation techniques for the modern chemical laboratory. Cited in BCL3, the new edition contains expanded chapters on gas chromatography (GC) and high- performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and physical properties and testing methods, with a new chapter on thermal analytic methods as well as on electrophoresis. Also includes up- to-date information on the role of chemical laboratory technicians and chemical process operators in industry and current data on laboratory safety, chemical waste disposal, government regulations, and ISO-9000. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780070571860
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1996
  • Series: Harvard Business Review Book Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 972
  • Product dimensions: 7.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.14 (d)

Meet the Author

Gershon J. Shugar is the author of The Chemist’s Ready Reference Handbook, also published by McGraw-Hill, and professor emeritus of engineering technologies at Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey. In 1947, Dr. Shugar founded a chemical manufacturing business that became the largest exclusive pearlescent pigment manufacturing company in the United States. In 1968, he was appointed assistant professor of chemistry at Rutgers University, where he taught until his appointment at Essex County College.

Jack T. Ballinger, Ed.D., is professor of chemistry at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley and the author of Chemical Technician's Ready Reference Handbook, published by McGraw-Hill. Dr. Ballinger has taught chemical technology courses for the past 29 years. He is a member of the American Chemical Society's coordinating committee developing national skill standards for the chemical process industry.

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Table of Contents

The Chemical Technician.

Laboratory Safety.

Handling Chemicals and Solutions.

Compressed Gases in the Laboratory.

Pressure and Vacuum.

Basic Laboratory Mathematics.

Good Laboratory Practices.

Computers in the Chemistry Laboratory.

Measuring Temperature.

Heating and Cooling.

Mechanical Agitation.

Laboratory Filtration.


The Balance.

Gravimetric Analysis.

Laboratory Glassware.

Plastic Lab Ware.

Laboratory Tools and Hardware.

Determination of Physical Other Properties.


Distillation and Evaporation.

Fundamentals of Chemistry.

Organic Chemistry Nomenclature.

Chemicals and Preparation of Solutions.

Volumetric Analysis.

pH Measurement.

Basic Electricity.


The Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Visible and Ultraviolet Spectroscopy.

Infrared Spectroscopy.

Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy.

Atomic Emission Spectroscopy.

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.



Gas Chromatography.

Liquid Chromatography.


Thermal Analysis.
Appendix A: Laboratory First Aid
Appendix B: Abbreviations, Symbols, and Unit Conversions
Appendix C: Glossary of Chemical Technology Terms
Appendix D: Physical Properties of Water
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