Synopses & Reviews
To do a chemistry lab experiment students need to know how to use the equipment and to perform basic laboratory procedures, such as weighing and making volume measurements. This Handbook is designed to be an affordable, "how to" guide to basic techniques, operations, and equipment used in general chemistry laboratory courses. The Handbook can be used in conjunction with CER modular experiments, to support locally-written experiments, or to complement the techniques sections of commercial lab manuals.
LABORATORY HANDBOOK FOR GENERAL CHEMISTRY (accompanied by free access to an online resource center) is the perfect guide to lead you down the path of success. This how-to tool is supplemented by an instructional video and will provide you with information on everything from basic equipment to operations that are necessary for successful laboratory experiments.
About the Author
Conrad L. Stanitski is currently a Visiting Scholar at Franklin and Marshall College and is Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Central Arkansas. He received his B.S. in Science Education from Bloomsburg State College, M.A. in Chemical Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Connecticut. He has co-authored chemistry textbooks for science majors, allied health science students, non-science majors, and high school chemistry students. Among Dr. Stanitski's many awards are the American Chemical Society (ACS) George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education, the CMA CATALYST National Award for Excellence in Chemistry Teaching, the Gustav Ohaus-National Science Teachers Association Award for Creative Innovations in College Science Teaching, the Thomas R. Branch Award for Teaching Excellence and the Samuel Nelson Gray Distinguished Professor Award from Randolph-Macon College, and the 2002 Western Connecticut ACS Section Visiting Scientist Award. He was Chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Education (2001) and has been an elected Councilor for that division. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). An instrumental and vocal performer, he also enjoys jogging, tennis, and reading.
Table of Contents
I. Safety in the Laboratory. General Safety Rules. Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS). Disposal of Materials. Inserting Glass into Corks or Rubber Stoppers. Fire Safety. Chemistry Laboratory Safety Agreement. Laboratory Safety Quiz. II. Glassware and General Equipment. Questions Related to Laboratory Equipment. III. Weighing. Using a Top-loading Balance. Using a Triple Beam Balance. Using an Analytical Balance. Questions Regarding Weighing. IV. Measuring Liquid Volumes. Graduated Cylinders. Pipets. Using Volumetric Pipets. Burets. Volumetric Flasks. Questions Regarding Measuring Liquid Volumes. V. Transferring Materials. Transferring Solids. Transferring Liquids. Using Pipets Non-Quantitatively. Mixing Liquids. Mixing a Solid and a Liquid. Questions Regarding Transferring Materials. VI. Heating Sources and Techniques. Bunsen Burner. Microburners. Hot Plate. Heating a Liquid. Heating Crucibles. Questions Regarding Heating Sources and Techniques. VII. Separations. Decantation. Filtering. Gravity Filtration: Using A Conical Funnel. Suction Filtration: Using a B?chner Funnel. Centrifuging to Separate a Precipitate from Solution. Questions Regarding Separations. VIII. Small-Scale Operations. Small-scale Equipment. Heating Small-scale Equipment. Questions Regarding Small-Scale Operations. IX. Visible Spectrophotometers. Questions Regarding a Spectronic 20. X. Using a pH Meter. Questions Regarding Using a pH Meter. XI. Keeping a Laboratory Notebook. XII. Mathematical Operations. Exponential Notation. Expressing Numbers Using Exponential Notation. Exponential Notation Using a Calculator. Questions Regarding Exponential Notation. Significant Figures. Significant Figures in Addition and Subtraction. Significant Figures in Multiplication and Division. Questions Regarding Significant Figures. Rounding Off Numbers. Rounding Off Calculated Results. Dealing with Measurement Errors. Standard Deviation. Equation and Slope of a Straight Line. XIII. Representing Data and Results Using Graphs. Graphs. Graphing Programs. Graphing Exercise. Appendix A. Operations with Glass. Cleaning Glassware. Working with Glass Tubing. Cutting Glass Tubing. Firepolishing Glass Tubing. Bending Glass Tubing. Preparing Glass Droppers or Pipets. Appendix B. Reference Tables. Physical Constants. Conversion Tables. Common Acids and Bases. Solubility Rules. Vapor Pressure and Temperature Data. Standard Reduction Potentials, Eo. Acid Ionization Constants, Ka. Base Ionization Constants, Kb. Solubility Product Constants, Ksp. Appendix C. General Laboratory References. Index.