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Are your students ready for Lab? OWLv2 LabSkills is an online program that prepares students for their lab sessions through Prelab assignments in OWLv2, the leading online learning system for Chemistry. LabSkills makes it easy for you to require students to complete the material prior to attending lab. LabSkills content in OWLv2 is easy to assign and is automatically graded. LabSkills is currently used by schools and universities in more than thirty countries worldwide.

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Learning Science, University of Bristol

Learning Science Ltd is a learning technology company that creates innovative systems and resources for science education. Established in 2007, the company has rapidly gained a reputation for delivering high-quality resources at the forefront of educational technology. Learning Science is involved in all the main areas of science at all levels, from primary and secondary to undergraduate, graduate, and professional. It is responsible for creating and commercializing LabSkills in partnership with Bristol ChemLabS. Bristol ChemLabS, based in the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, is the UK's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning dedicated to practical chemistry, and was established in 2005 following substantial investment from HEFCE and the University of Bristol.
  • STEPPED OUT VIDEOS introduce students to the lab techniques, equipment and safety skills needed to complete labs successfully.
  • LabSkills for OWLv2 has been updated to reflect the enhancements of the new release of Online Web Learning software.
  • INTERACTIVE MODULES give students an opportunity to interact with lab equipment prior to lab, so they are familiar with equipment set-up and ready to go when they get to lab.
  • SAFETY TRAINING AND INFORMATION ensures that students are prepared to complete their labs safely.
  • QUIZZES assess student understanding and retention of key material, so they can see where they need further study.
  • ASSIGNABLE CONTENT IN OWL, the leading online learning system for chemistry, makes it easy for you to require students to complete the material prior to attending lab. LabSkills content in OWL is easy to assign and automatically graded.
1. Safety in the Laboratory
2. Keeping a Laboratory Notebook
3. Writing a Laboratory Report
4. Weighing with a Top Pan Balance
5. Weighing with an Analytical Balance
6. Using Volumetric Pipets
7. Using Graduated Cylinders
8. Preparing Standard Solutions
9. Preparing Standard Solutions by Dilution
10. Using an Electric Hot Plate and Magnetic Stirrer
11. Heating under Reflux
12. Performing Distillation Experiments
13. Performing a Gravity Filtration
14. Performing a Vacuum Filtration (Büchner)
15. Using a Centrifuge
16. Cooling with an Ice Bath
17. Heating with a Water Bath
18. Using a Rotary Evaporator
19. Performing a Recrystallization
20. Using a Separatory Funnel
21. Choosing and Using Drying Agents
22. Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC)
23. Column Chromatography
24. Infrared (IR) Spectroscopy
25. Proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (1H NMR)
26. Carbon-13 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (13C NMR)
27. Using a UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
28. Performing a Melting Point Analysis
29. Qualitative Tests for Organic Functional Groups
30. Using Microscale Equipment
31. Using an Automated Pipet (Microscale)
32. Heating under Reflux (Microscale)
33. Performing Distillation Experiments (Microscale)
34. Performing a Pipet Filtration (Microscale)
35. Performing a Vacuum Filtration (Hirsch) (Microscale)
36. Performing a Recrystallization (Microscale)
37. Performing a Liquid Extraction (Microscale)
38. Mole Calculations Involving Liquids
39. Mole Calculations Involving Molar Mass
40. Mole Calculations Involving Solids
41. Mole Calculations to Determine Yield
42. Equilibrium Calculations
43. Rate of Reaction Calculations
44. Error Analysis
45. Significant Figures
OWLv2 offers a full, mobile-ready textbook combined with mastery learning activities that allow students to understand each concept and skill at their own pace.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781285431727
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“It gives you a warning if there may be an incorrect submission so you have a chance to recheck before you submit answer. If you get the question wrong, it explains the solution in detail so that you can still continue to learn.”

"During class lectures, you’re given the information but not how to use it. With chemistry it’s all about practice, and OWLv2 gives you so many options to learn and use the content.”

“It breaks down the problems into steps that make it easy to learn the concepts.”

“I like that it really breaks down the chapter in terms of the basic concepts, then there are separate questions that involve applying the concepts and theories in order to solve the problems. It provides a really great learning structure for grasping new material.”

“The mastery questions are awesome. They are set up so you can’t just look at them and apply a formula. They force students to go beyond the foundational concepts and really tap into higher-level thinking.”

“If you hold students accountable, they realize OWL will help them understand concepts and get a better grade.”

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Online PowerLecture with Cognero and JoinIn™ Student Response System

ISBN: 9781305087989
Search for this text at and choose Instructor Companion Site to access these digital resources for this text: 1) PowerPoint® lecture slides by Richard Morrison of the University of Georgia, Athens; 2) Image libraries for figures, photographs, and numbered tables; 3) Sample chapters from the Student Solutions Manual and Study Guide. 4) List of end-of-chapter questions that you can assign in OWLv2; 5) Cognero® online testing software with questions by Scott Lefler, Arizona State University 5) "Clicker" content for use with the classroom response system of your choice; 6) Chemistry Multimedia Library of lecture-ready animations, simulations, and movies.

Study Guide with Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781305087972
Written by Susan McMurry, the Study Guide and Solutions Manual provide answers and explanations to all in-text and end-of-chapter exercises, and include supplemental information via appendices. This print text doubles as an Instructor Solutions Manual. Three preview chapters are provided on the companion site.


Study Guide with Solutions Manual

ISBN: 9781305087972
This Study Guide and Solutions Manual provide answers and explanations to all in-text and end-of-chapter exercises and include supplemental information to help enrich your chemistry experience.