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ISBN13: 9780596514921
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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. 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.

Synopsis:

Intended for DIY enthusiasts, this resource helps at-home scientists set up a chemistry lab, learn the basics of chemistry, and perform a variety of experiments that are fun and educational.

Synopsis:

Chemistry is the ultimate hands-on science, but with the dwindling availability of student and hobbyist chemistry sets, it can be hard to get started. This book helps the modern DIY scientist get set up with a home chemistry lab, learn the basics of chemistry, and perform a variety of home chemistry experiments that are fun and educational. This book is intended primarily to meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts, but will prove invaluable to Advanced Placement (AP) and home-schooled high school students, as well as college students studying this field.

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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.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: Laboratory Safety
  • Chapter 3: Equipping a Home Chemistry Laboratory
  • Chapter 4: Chemicals for the Home Chemistry Lab
  • Chapter 5: Mastering Laboratory Skills
  • Chapter 6: Laboratory: Separating Mixtures
  • Chapter 7: Laboratory: Solubility and Solutions
  • Chapter 8: Laboratory: Colligative Properties of Solutions
  • Chapter 9: Laboratory: Introduction to Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry
  • Chapter 10: Laboratory: Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) Reactions
  • Chapter 11: Laboratory: Acid-Base Chemistry
  • Chapter 12: Laboratory: Chemical Kinetics
  • Chapter 13: Laboratory: Chemical Equilibrium and Le Chateliers Principle
  • Chapter 14: Laboratory: Gas Chemistry
  • Chapter 15: Laboratory: Thermochemistry and Calorimetry
  • Chapter 16: Laboratory: Electrochemistry
  • Chapter 17: Laboratory: Photochemistry
  • Chapter 18: Laboratory: Colloids and Suspensions
  • Chapter 19: Laboratory: Qualitative Analysis
  • Chapter 20: Laboratory: Quantitative Analysis
  • Chapter 21: Laboratory: Synthesis of Useful Compounds
  • Chapter 22: Laboratory: Forensic Chemistry

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I bought the book and the kit and couldn't be happier! There was no way that I could purchase the items separately for the price. My questions to customer service were quickly and professionally answered. The author / owner is closely involved in the company to ensure outstanding service and quality control. I can't say enough other than Thank You for making the Learning Chemistry Lab once again available for Hobbiests like me and homeschooling families. You have a very satisfied customer.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780596514921
Author:
Thompson, Robert
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media
Author:
ruce Thompson
Author:
Thompson, Robert Bruce
Author:
Thompson, Barbara Fritchman
Author:
B., Robert
Subject:
Experiments & Projects
Subject:
Chemistry - General
Subject:
Chemistry
Subject:
Experiments
Subject:
Chemistry -- Experiments.
Subject:
Science Reference-Experiments
Subject:
advanced placement;ap;chemistry;home school;lab;science
Subject:
CourseSmart Subject Description
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
DIY Science
Publication Date:
20080431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9.75 x 8 x 1.05 in 2.27 lb

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Intended for DIY enthusiasts, this resource helps at-home scientists set up a chemistry lab, learn the basics of chemistry, and perform a variety of experiments that are fun and educational.
"Synopsis" by , Chemistry is the ultimate hands-on science, but with the dwindling availability of student and hobbyist chemistry sets, it can be hard to get started. This book helps the modern DIY scientist get set up with a home chemistry lab, learn the basics of chemistry, and perform a variety of home chemistry experiments that are fun and educational. This book is intended primarily to meet the needs of DIY enthusiasts, but will prove invaluable to Advanced Placement (AP) and home-schooled high school students, as well as college students studying this field.
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