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Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture [NOOK Book]


For students, DIY hobbyists, and science buffs, who can no longer get real chemistry sets, this one-of-a-kind guide explains how to set up and use a home chemistry lab, with step-by-step instructions for conducting experiments in basic chemistry -- not just to make pretty colors and stinky smells, but to ...

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Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture

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For students, DIY hobbyists, and science buffs, who can no longer get real chemistry sets, this one-of-a-kind guide explains how to set up and use a home chemistry lab, with step-by-step instructions for conducting experiments in basic chemistry -- not just to make pretty colors and stinky smells, but to learn how to do real lab work:

  • Purify alcohol by distillation

  • Produce hydrogen and oxygen gas by electrolysis

  • Smelt metallic copper from copper ore you make yourself

  • Analyze the makeup of seawater, bone, and other common substances

  • Synthesize oil of wintergreen from aspirin and rayon fiber from paper

  • Perform forensics tests for fingerprints, blood, drugs, and poisons

  • and much more

From the 1930s through the 1970s, chemistry sets were among the most popular Christmas gifts, selling in the millions. But two decades ago, real chemistry sets began to disappear as manufacturers and retailers became concerned about liability. ,em>The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments steps up to the plate with lessons on how to equip your home chemistry lab, master laboratory skills, and work safely in your lab. The bulk of this book consists of 17 hands-on chapters that include multiple laboratory sessions on the following topics:

  • Separating Mixtures

  • Solubility and Solutions

  • Colligative Properties of Solutions

  • Introduction to Chemical Reactions & Stoichiometry

  • Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) Reactions

  • Acid-Base Chemistry

  • Chemical Kinetics

  • Chemical Equilibrium and Le Chatelier's Principle

  • Gas Chemistry

  • Thermochemistry and Calorimetry

  • Electrochemistry

  • Photochemistry

  • Colloids and Suspensions

  • Qualitative Analysis

  • Quantitative Analysis

  • Synthesis of Useful Compounds

  • Forensic Chemistry

With plenty of full-color illustrations and photos, Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments offers introductory level sessions suitable for a middle school or first-year high school chemistry laboratory course, and more advanced sessions suitable for students who intend to take the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry exam. A student who completes all of the laboratories in this book will have done the equivalent of two full years of high school chemistry lab work or a first-year college general chemistry laboratory course.

This hands-on introduction to real chemistry -- using real equipment, real chemicals, and real quantitative experiments -- is ideal for the many thousands of young people and adults who want to experience the magic of chemistry.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449331429
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
  • Publication date: 4/29/2008
  • Series: DIY Science
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 659,515
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Thompson reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.

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Table of Contents


1 Introduction 1

2 Laboratory Safety 9

3 Equipping a Home Chemistry Lab 13

4 Chemicals for the Home Chemistry Lab 45

5 Mastering Laboratory Skills 69

6 Laboratory: Separating Mixtures 93

7 Laboratory: Solubility and Solutions 121

8 Laboratory: Colligative Properties of Solutions 147

9 Laboratory: Introduction to Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry 161

10 Laboratory: Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) Reactions 181

11 Laboratory: Acid-Base Chemistry 191

12 Laboratory: Chemical Kinetics 211

13 Laboratory: Chemical Equilibrium and Le Chatelier's Principle 229

14 Laboratory: Gas Chemistry 245

15 Laboratory: Thermochemistry and Calorimetry 269

16 Laboratory: Electrochemistry 285

17 Laboratory: Photochemistry 309

18 Laboratory: Colloids and Suspensions 317

19 Laboratory: Qualitative Analysis 331

20 Laboratory: Quantitative Analysis 355

21 Laboratory: Synthesis of Useful Compounds 373

22 Laboratory: Forensic Chemistry 385

Index 405

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

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    This book is dangerous. It will cause kids to start thinking. There is a definate risk that they will starting wanting to learn about the world around them instead of just studing the answers to a test. I am old enough I remember chemistry sets under the christmas tree and a high school chemistry class were students actually did experiements instead of just watching. DO you, or your childern, want to actually learn chemistry? Then get this book.

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