Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Feb 17, 2012 - Science - 432 pages
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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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Review: Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture

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Immediately liked this book when I opened the introduction to the safety discussion and it begins with "don't do anything stupid." This included the empathetic paragraph on how we all love things that ... Read full review

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

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Immediately liked this book when I opened the introduction to the safety discussion and it begins with "don't do anything stupid." This included the empathetic paragraph on how we all love things that ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Laboratory Safety
9
Chapter 3 Equipping a Home Chemistry Laboratory
13
Chapter 4 Chemicals for the Home Chemistry Lab
45
Chapter 5 Mastering Laboratory Skills
69
Separating Mixtures
93
Solubility and Solutions
121
Colligative Properties of Solutions
147
Chemical Equilibrium and Le Chateliers Principle
229
Gas Chemistry
245
Thermochemistry and Calorimetry
269
Electrochemistry
285
Photochemistry
309
Colloids and Suspensions
317
Qualitative Analysis
331
Quantitative Analysis
355

Introduction to Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry
161
ReductionOxidation Redox Reactions
181
AcidBase Chemistry
191
Chemical Kinetics
211
Synthesis of Useful Compounds
373
Forensic Chemistry
385
Index
405
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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.

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