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Safety-Scale Laboratory Experiments for Chemistry for Today, 7th Edition

  • Spencer L. Seager University of South Dakota
  • Michael R. Slabaugh Weber State University
  • ISBN-10: 053873454X  |  ISBN-13: 9780538734547
  • 544 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2008, 1997
  • © 2011 | Published
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Providing a unique blend of laboratory skills and exercises that illustrate concepts from the authors' main text, CHEMISTRY FOR TODAY: GENERAL, ORGANIC, AND BIOCHEMISTRY, 7e, this accurate and well-tested lab manual contains 15 general chemistry and 20 organic/biochemistry safety-scale laboratory experiments. The experiments are designed to use small quantities of chemicals and emphasize safety and proper disposal of materials. "Safety-scale" is the authors' own term for describing the amount of chemicals each lab experiment requires--less than macroscale quantities, which are expensive and hazardous--and more than microscale quantities, which are difficult to work with and require special equipment.

Features and Benefits

  • ACCURATE AND CLASS-TESTED. The Seventh Edition includes 15 general chemistry and 20 organic/biochemistry safety-scale laboratory experiments--all thoroughly class-tested--that effectively illustrate the main text's key concepts.
  • BUILT-IN PEDAGOGY: Pre-lab questions prepare students for each lab and end-of-experiment questions assess student understanding.
  • FLEXIBLE AND CONVENIENT. The manual is three-hole punched and features perforated pages, which make it easy for student to hand in lab reports and answers to pre- and post-lab questions and exercises upon instructor request.

Table of Contents

Experiment 1: Measurements and Significant Figures.
Experiment 2: The Use of Chemical Balances.
Experiment 3: The Use of Volumetric Ware and the Determination of Density.
Experiment 4: Physical and Chemical Changes.
Experiment 5: Separations and Analysis.
Experiment 6: Classification of Chemical Reactions.
Experiment 7: Analysis Using Decomposition Reactions.
Experiment 8: Gas Laws.
Experiment 9: Solution Formation and Characteristics.
Experiment 10: Colligative Properties of Solutions.
Experiment 11: Reactions Rates and Equilibrium.
Experiment 12: Acids, Bases, Salts, and Buffers.
Experiment 13: Analysis of Vinegar.
Experiment 14: Determination of Ka for Weak Acids.
Experiment 15: The Acidic Hydrogens of Acids.
Experiment 16: The Use of Melting Points in the Identification of Organic Compounds.
Experiment 17: Isolation and Purification of an Organic Compound.
Experiment 18: Hydrocarbons.
Experiment 19: Reactions of Alcohols and Phenols.
Experiment 20: Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones.
Experiment 21: Reactions of Carboxylic Acids, Amines, and Amides.
Experiment 22: The Synthesis of Aspirin and Other Esters.
Experiment 23: Identifying Functional Groups in Unknowns.
Experiment 24: Synthetic Polymers.
Experiment 25: Dyes, Inks, and Food Colorings.
Experiment 26: A Study of Carbohydrates.
Experiment 27: Preparations of Soap by Lipid Saponification.
Experiment 28: Isolation of Natural Products: Trimyristin and Cholesterol.
Experiment 29: Amino Acids and Proteins.
Experiment 30: Enzymes: Nature's Catalysts.
Experiment 31: Factors That Influence Enzyme Activity.
Experiment 32: Vitamin C Content of Foods Part I: Assigned Samples.
Experiment 33: Vitamin C Content of Foods Part II: Samples from Home.
Experiment 34: Extraction of DNA from Wheat Germ.
Experiment 35: Detection of Minerals in Breakfast Cereals.
APPENDIX A: Graphs and Graphing.
APPENDIX B: Equipment, Chemicals, Reagents, and Supplies.
APPENDIX C: Table of Atomic Weights and Numbers.

What's New

  • A KEY CONCEPT FOCUS: The manual's blend of laboratory skills and exercises illustrate key concepts from the main textbook.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Spencer L. Seager

Spencer L. Seager retired from Weber State University in 2013 after serving for 52 years as a faculty member of the chemistry department. He served as department chairman from 1969 until 1993 and taught general and physical chemistry at the university. Dr. Seager was also active in projects designed to help improve chemistry and other science education in local elementary schools. He received his B.S. in chemistry and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Utah. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Weber State and the University of South Dakota, where he teaches online courses in general chemistry, elementary organic chemistry, and elementary biochemistry.

Michael R. Slabaugh

Michael R. Slabaugh is Professor of Chemistry at Weber State University, where he teaches the year-long sequence of General, Organic, and Biochemistry. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Purdue and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. His interest in plant alkaloids led to a year of postdoctoral study in biochemistry at Texas A & M. His current professional interests are chemistry education and community involvement in science activities, particularly the State Science and Engineering Fair in Utah.