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Experiments in General Chemistry, 6th Edition

  • Steven L. Murov Modesto Junior College
  • ISBN-10: 1285458540  |  ISBN-13: 9781285458540
  • 464 Pages
  • © 2015 | Published
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EXPERIMENTS IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY, Sixth Edition, has been designed to stimulate curiosity and insight, and to clearly connect lecture and laboratory concepts and techniques. To accomplish this goal, an extensive effort has been made to develop experiments that maximize a discovery-oriented approach and minimize personal hazards and ecological impact. Like earlier editions, the use of chromates, barium, lead, mercury, and nickel salts has been avoided. The absence of these hazardous substances should minimize disposal problems and costs. This lab manual focuses not only on what happens during chemical reactions, but also helps students understand why chemical reactions occur. The sequence of experiments has been refined to follow topics covered in most general chemistry textbooks. In addition, Murov has included a correlation chart that links the experiments in the manual to the corresponding chapter topics in several Cengage Learning general chemistry titles. Each experiment--framed by pre-and post-laboratory exercises and concluding thought-provoking questions--helps to enhance students' conceptual understanding.

Features and Benefits

  • Murov focuses not only on what happens during chemical reactions but also helps students understand "why" chemical reactions occur.
  • Each experiment includes pre-laboratory exercises and thought-provoking questions (with answers to selected questions).
  • Review Exercises, found at the end of the manual, help students test their understanding of key concepts and synthesize the material they have learned.
  • A number of experiments include post-laboratory exercises and conclude with a set of review exercises.
  • A procedure for following the visual clock reaction spectroscopically, instead of visually, is included in the kinetics experiment. This also provides a link between the equilibrium and kinetics experiments.
  • As with the previous editions, the use of chromates, barium, lead, mercury, and nickel salts has been avoided, effectively minimizing disposal problems and decreasing costs.
  • A correlation chart links the experiments to corresponding chapter topics in several Cengage Learning general chemistry titles, including Kotz, Masterton, Moore, and Whitten.
  • An Online Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of course preparation. It includes a list of chemicals and quantities required for each experiment per student and solutions to Pre-Lab problems.

Table of Contents

Preface, Correlation table and Chemistry Resources
1. Early Explorations and Terminology.
2. Separation of Mixtures.
3. Measurements and Identification Techniques.
4. Density, Accuracy, Precision and Graphing.
5. Empirical Formulas.
6. Classification of Chemical Reactions.
7. Quantitative Precipitation.
8. Electrical Conductivity and Electrolytes.
9. Ionic Reactions.
10. Activities of Metals.
11. Quantitative Solution Chemistry.
12. Thermochemistry.
13. Properties of Elements and Compounds: An Internet Study.
14. Spectroscopy of Cobalt (II) Ion.
15. Lewis Structures and Molecular Models.
16. Molecular Polarity and Chromatography.
17. Gas Law Studies.
18. Cooling Curves and Crystal Structures.
19. Water Purification and Analysis.
20. Organic Models and Isomerism.
21. Acids and Bases: Reactions and Standardization.
22. Acids and Bases: Analysis.
23. Acids and Bases: pH, pKa Measurements.
24. Equilibrium - Solubility Product.
25. Equilibrium - Determination of Keq.
26. Complexes.
27. Rates and Mechanisms of Reactions - Visual and/or Spectroscopic Monitoring.
28. Synthesis of Copper (II) Glycinate.
29. Standardization of Thiosulfate.
30. Analysis of Bleach and Copper (II) Glycinate.
31. Redox Reactions.
32. Electrochemistry.
33. Spectroscopic Analysis of Aspirin.
34. Polymer Properties and Selections
35. Additional Challenges and Experiments
36. Graphing Quantitative Relationships
Appendix 1: Properties of Substances
Appendix 2: Common Ions by Charge
Appendix 3: Solubilities of Ionic Compounds
Appendix 4: Solutions to Starred Prelaboratory Problems

What's New

  • Labs have been updated with the most recent data and values in order to accurately reflect the changes in lab courses.
  • The new Activity 35 adds additional challenges and experiments, and Activity 36 provides exercises that develop graphing skills.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Steven L. Murov

Dr. Steven L. Murov is a Professor of Chemistry at Modesto Junior College. His education includes: Harvey Mudd College, B.S., 1962, Chemistry Major; University of Chicago, Ph.D., 1967, Physical Organic Chemistry; California Institute of Technology, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. He has written dozens of experiments and publications on General, Organic, and Photochemistry.