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Chemical Principles in the Laboratory, 10th Edition

  • Emil Slowinski Macalester College
  • Wayne C. Wolsey Macalester College
  • Robert Rossi Macalester College
  • ISBN-10: 0840048343  |  ISBN-13: 9780840048349
  • 400 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 2001
  • © 2012 | Published
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This Tenth Edition of CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES IN THE LABORATORY maintains the high-quality, time-tested experiments and techniques that have made it a perennial bestseller. Author Wayne Wolsey, with the help of new co-author Rob Rossi, continues to offer complete coverage of basic chemistry principles and present topics in a direct, easy-to-understand manner. Now, to benefit the environment and reduce the overall cost of the experiments, the new edition features a deepened commitment to green chemistry by reducing the volume and toxicity of experiments as much as possible.

Features and Benefits

  • GREENER EXPERIMENTS. Four experiments have been made greener by reducing volume and toxicity. This not only benefits the environment, but also reduces the cost of the experiments overall.
  • EXCEL COVERAGE. A section explains how students can use Excel to simplify making calculations, while an appendix describes how to use Excel software in making calculations in several experiments.
  • A PROVEN APPROACH. The direct approach of this laboratory manual has made it a household name in the General Chemistry laboratory market. Each edition's fully tested experiments are consistently updated to maintain the integrity of this bestselling lab manual.
  • STUDENT-FRIENDLY. Offering complete coverage of basic chemistry principles, this manual presents topics clearly in an easy-to-understand manner, while requiring students to read and demonstrate understanding of the material.
  • ADVANCE STUDY ASSIGNMENTS (ASAs). These assignments include sample questions, usually involving calculations, that are similar to those required in processing the data obtained in each experiment. Students who complete the ASAs prior to coming to lab should have no trouble working up the data they actually observe in the lab session.

Table of Contents

Experiment 1: The Densities of Liquids and Solids.
Experiment 2: Resolution of Matter into Pure Substances, I. Paper Chromatography.
Experiment 3: Resolution of Matter into Pure Substances, II. Fractional Crystallization.
Experiment 4: Determination of a Chemical Formula.
Experiment 5: Identification of a Compound by Mass Relationships.
Experiment 6: Properties of Hydrates.
Experiment 7: Analysis of an Unknown Chloride.
Experiment 8: Verifying the Absolute Zero of Temperature—Determination of the Barometric Pressure.
Experiment 9: Molar Mass of a Volatile Liquid.
Experiment 10: Analysis of an Aluminum-Zinc Alloy.
Experiment 11: The Atomic Spectrum of Hydrogen.
Experiment 12: The Alkaline Earths and the Halogens—Two Families in the Periodic Table.
Experiment 13: The Geometrical Structure of Molecules—An Experiment Using Molecular Models.
Experiment 14: Heat Effects and Calorimetry.
Experiment 15: The Vapor Pressure and Heat of Vaporization of a Liquid.
Experiment 16: The Structure of Crystals—An Experiment Using Models.
Experiment 17: Classification of Chemical Substances.
Experiment 18: Some Nonmetals and Their Compounds—Preparations and Properties.
Experiment 19: Molar Mass Determination by Depression of the Freezing Point.
Experiment 20: Rates of Chemical Reactions, I. The Iodination of Acetone.
Experiment 21: Rates of Chemical Reactions, II. A Clock Reaction.
Experiment 22: Properties of Systems in Chemical Equilibrium—Le Châtelier's Principle.
Experiment 23: Determination of the Equilibrium Constant for a Chemical Reaction.
Experiment 24: The Standardization of a Basic Solution and the Determination of the Molar Mass of an Acid.
Experiment 25: pH Measurements—Buffers and Their Properties.
Experiment 26: Determination of the Solubility Product of Ba(IO3)2.
Experiment 27: Relative Stabilities of Complex Ions and Precipitates Prepared from Solutions of Copper(II).
Experiment 28: Determination of the Hardness of Water.
Experiment 29: Synthesis and Analysis of a Coordination Compound.
Experiment 30: Determination of Iron by Reaction with Permanganate—A Redox Titration.
Experiment 31: Determination of an Equivalent Mass by Electrolysis.
Experiment 32: Voltaic Cell Measurements.
Experiment 33: Preparation of Copper(I) Chloride.
Experiment 34: Development of a Scheme for Qualitative Analysis.
Experiment 35: Spot Tests for Some Common Anions.
Experiment 36: Qualitative Analysis of Group I Cations.
Experiment 37: Qualitative Analysis of Group II Cations.
Experiment 38: Qualitative Analysis of Group III Cations.
Experiment 39: Identification of a Pure Ionic Solid.
Experiment 40: The Ten Test Tube Mystery.
Experiment 41: Preparation of Aspirin.
Experiment 42: Rate Studies on the Decomposition of Aspirin.
Experiment 43: Analysis for Vitamin C.
Appendix I: Vapor Pressure and Density of Liquid Water.
Appendix II: Summary of Solubility Properties of Ions and Solids.
Appendix IIA: Some Properties of the Cations in Groups I, II, and III.
Appendix III: Table of Atomic Masses (Based on Carbon-12).
Appendix IV: Making Measurements—Laboratory Techniques.
Appendix V: Mathematical Considerations—Making Graphs.
Appendix VI: Suggested Locker Equipment.
Appendix VII: Introduction to Excel.
Appendix VIII: Statistical Treatment of Laboratory Data.

What's New

  • FLEXIBILITY. You can easily modified labs for use as guided inquiry. Each lab gives students a starting point and the information they need to create and conduct the experiment.


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Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 0840053045 | ISBN-13: 9780840053046)

The Instructor's Manual contains, for each experiment, a list of required equipment and chemicals, the time it will take to do the experiment, and an approximate cost per student. In the second part of the manual, comments and suggestions are offered for each experiment, as well as sample data and calculations.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Emil Slowinski

Emil J. Slowinski is an Emeritus DeWitt Wallace Professor of Chemistry at Macalester College. He earned a B.S. degree from Massachusetts State College in 1946 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1949. He taught at Swarthmore College, 1949-1952; the University of Connecticut, 1952-1964; and Macalester College, 1964-1988. His sabbatical leaves were at Oxford University in 1960 and the University of Warsaw in 1968. He is a co-author, with Bill Masterton and/or Wayne Wolsey, of more than 25 books on various areas of general chemistry. He was actively involved in all editions of CHEMICAL PRINCIPLES IN THE LABORATORY up through the 9th edition, and though now retired from active writing still offers insights, advice, and support to his coauthors.

Wayne C. Wolsey

Wayne C. Wolsey, an inorganic chemist, received his B.S. from Michigan State University in 1958 and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in 1962. He joined the Macalester College faculty in 1965 and is now in "semi-retirement." His last three sabbaticals were spent at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 2001-2002, he investigated various complexing agents for their effectiveness in dissolving calcium oxalate kidney stones, in collaboration with a former student, now a urologist. He has received various awards, including the Minnesota College Science Teacher of the Year in 1989; Macalester's Thomas Jefferson Award in 1993; designation as a MegaMole contributor to Minnesota Chemical Education in 1997; and an award from the Minnesota State AAUP Conference in 2001 for his support of academic freedom and shared governance. He remains professionally active in a number of scientific organizations.

Robert Rossi

Robert C. Rossi is the Laboratory Supervisor in the Chemistry Department at Macalester College. He obtained a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1993 and upon graduation joined the Peace Corps, serving in the Fiji Islands. He then taught and carried out applied photoelectrochemistry and semiconductor physics research at the California Institute of Technology, earning a Ph.D. in 2001. After several years teaching as a visiting professor at Carleton College, he moved to Macalester College, where he has been since 2003. In 2011 he became a co-author of Chemical Principles in the Laboratory, first writing for the 10th Edition.