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Student Lab Companion: Laboratory Techniques for Organic Chemistry (2ND 08 Edition)


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This comprehensive lab companion provides a thorough introduction to all of the significant operations used in the organic lab, for both traditional-scale and microscale applications. It includes enough theory to help students understand how and why an operation works, but emphasizes the practical aspects of an operation to help them perform the operation successfully in the lab. lab. Makes substantive revisions of many operations to clarify existing material and add new information. Emphasizes environmentally friendly (i.e. “green”) lab experiments. Adds a new section on Chemistry and the Environment. A useful guide for chemists and other professionals who do laboratory work in the scientific fields.

About the Author

John W. Lehman received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Colorado in Boulder. He has taught chemistry for 35 years at Lake Superior State University, a small university in Michigan's scenic Upper Peninsula. In recognition of his teaching skills, he received the State of Michigan's Teaching Excellence Award in 1990. In 2001 he funded a chemistry scholarship to help bring outstanding students into the chemistry program at Lake Superior State University. His groundbreaking lab text, Operational Organic Chemistry, was first published in 1981, and he has written three additional books for the organic chemistry laboratory.

Table of Contents



To the Instructor

Preface to the Second Edition




To the Student

A Guide to Success in the Organic Chemistry Lab

Scientific Methodology


Laboratory Safety


Safety Standards

Protecting Yourself

Preventing Laboratory Accidents

Reacting to Accidents: First Aid

Reacting to Accidents: Fire

Chemical Hazards

Finding and Using Chemical Safety Information


Chemistry and the Environment

Disposal of Hazardous Wastes

Green Chemistry


Laboratory Operations


A) Basic Operations

1. Cleaning and Drying Glassware

2. Using Specialized Glassware

3. Using Glass Rod and Tubing

4. Weighing

5. Measuring Volume

6. Making Transfers


B) Operations for Conducting Chemical Reactions

7. Heating

8. Cooling

9. Temperature Monitoring

10. Mixing

11. Addition of Reactants

12. Excluding Water from Reaction Mixtures

13. Excluding Air from Reaction Mixtures

14. Trapping Gases


C)  Separation Operations

15. Gravity Filtration

16. Vacuum Filtration

17. Centrifugation

18. Extraction

19. Evaporation

20. Steam Distillation

21. Column Chromatography

22. Thin-Layer Chromatography

23. Paper Chromatography


D) Washing and Drying Operations

24. Washing Liquids

25. Drying Liquids

26. Washing and Drying Solids

27. Cleaning and Drying Gases


E) Purification Operations

28. Recrystallization

29. Sublimation

30. Simple Distillation

31. Vacuum Distillation

32. Fractional Distillation


F) Measuring Physical Constants

33. Melting Point

34. Boiling Point

35. Refractive Index

36. Optical Rotation


G) Instrumental Analysis

37. Gas Chromatography

38. High-Performance Liquid Chromatography

39. Infrared Spectrometry

40. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometry

41. Ultraviolet—Visible Spectrometry

42. Mass Spectrometry



Appendixes and Bibliography

I Laboratory Equipment

II Keeping a Laboratory Notebook

III Writing a Laboratory Report

IV Calculations for Organic Synthesis

V Planning an Experiment

VI Properties of Organic Compounds

VII The Chemical Literature





Product Details

Lehman, John W.
Pearson Prentice Hall
Chemistry - Organic
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
January 2008
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
9.8 x 8 x 1 in 812 gr

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