Higher Education

Experiments in General Chemistry: Inquiry and Skillbuilding, 1st Edition

  • Vickie Williamson Texas A&M University
  • Larry Peck Texas A&M University
  • ISBN-10: 049555300X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495553007
  • 384 Pages
  • © 2009 | Published
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With many years of teaching experience in the classroom and laboratory, Vickie Williamson and Larry Peck have created EXPERIMENTS IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY: INQUIRY AND SKILL BUILDING with carefully crafted and tested experiments designed to complement any general chemistry curriculum. The authors have selected three types of lab experiments to meet all of the needs of students and instructors looking for a selection of laboratory pedagogy. There are Skill Building experiments to develop techniques and demonstrate previously developed concepts, Guided Inquiry experiments to direct the students to collect data on variables without previously studying the concepts and guide them to look for patterns in the data, and Open Inquiry experiments to allow the students to apply concepts or relationships in a new setting. Twenty-eight experiments feature Pre-Lab questions and Post-Lab questions on perforated pages for easy removal of worksheets, and there is a Common Procedures and Concepts section as an appendix for easy retrieval of basic information for students.

Features and Benefits

  • Two-semester safety agreements.
  • Perforated pages allow for easy removal of worksheets.
  • Twenty-eight total experiments featuring Skill Building experiments, Guided Inquiry experiments and Open Inquiry experiments, meet all of the needs of students and instructors looking for a selection of laboratory pedagogy.
  • Common Procedures and Concepts section allows for easy retrieval of basic information for students.

Table of Contents

To the Instructors and Students.
Laboratory Safety.
Experiment 1: Are Labels Accurate or Precise?
Experiment 2: Density Measurements.
Experiment 3: Cost of a Chemical Product.
Experiment 4: Soap Making.
Experiment 5: Reactions of Calcium.
Experiment 6: Recycling Aluminum Cans.
Experiment 7: Solutions and Crystals of Alum.
Experiment 8: Analysis of a Carbonated Beverage.
Experiment 9: Mass Relationships in Reactions.
Experiment 10: Shapes of Molecules and Ions.
Experiment 11: The Fuel in a Bic Lighter.
Experiment 12: Alka Seltzer: An Application of Gas Laws.
Experiment 13: Freezing Points of Solutions.
Experiment 14: Spectrochemical Analysis.
Experiment 15: Heat of Crystallization.
Experiment 16: Enthalpy of Reactions.
Experiment 17: The Kinetics of the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide.
Experiment 18: Kinetics of Decoloration of Crystal Violet.
Experiment 19: Factors Affecting Reactions.
Experiment 20: Formation of a Complex.
Experiment 21: Acid and pH.
Experiment 22: Reactions of Acids and Bases.
Experiment 23: Acids and Bases.
Experiment 24: Electrochemistry.
Experiment 25: Small Scale Redox Titration.
Experiment 26: The Copper Cycle.
Experiment 27: Organic Molecules.
Experiment 28: Reactions of Organic Compounds.
Common Concepts and Procedures.


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Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495553018 | ISBN-13: 9780495553014)

The Instructor’s Guide states the type and purpose of the experiments. It also provides outlines that can be used in Pre-Lab discussions (the boldface words are intended to be an even more abbreviated outline) and attempts to forewarn the user of potential pitfalls to watch for during the experiment, of any Post-Lab discussions that may be necessary, of equipment and chemicals likely to be needed, and of any unusual safety concerns. This guide often gives grading suggestions, but is not intended to serve as a strict set of grading guidelines. It contains no sample data, only general outcomes.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Vickie Williamson

Vickie Bentley-Williamson is a senior lecturer at Texas A&M University. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Education from the University of Oklahoma. Bentley-Williamson has earned numerous teaching awards, including the College of Science Teaching award in 2003. In addition to undergraduate general chemistry courses and labs, she teaches graduate-level chemical education courses. Bentley-Williamson has served as a Chemical Education Research Feature Editor for the JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL EDUCATION since 2002, and has been elected to the national ACS, Division of Chemical Education Research Committee for two consecutive terms (2000-2005).

Larry Peck

M. Larry Peck, Professor Emeritus at Texas A & M University, received his Ph.D. from Montana State University in 1971. He won the Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award in 2000, Texas A & M's Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Chemistry Teaching in 2002, and the Division of Chemical Education's Outstanding Service to the Division Award in 2007. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Peck taught science at all levels and directed programs designed to improve the teaching of physical science programs now known in Texas as "integrated physics and chemistry." The resource materials developed in these workshops are being used as models for other state-funded teacher training programs.