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Lab Experiments for General Chemistry 5th Edition

Toby F. Block, George M. McKelvy

  • Published
  • Previous Editions 2002, 1998, 1994
  • 512 Pages


This established manual contains both classical experiments and "guided discovery" experiments in which students are given background information and are required to devise hypotheses, design procedures to test those hypotheses, evaluate their results, and to make suggestions for improving their work. Experiments are written to address students of various academic backgrounds and differing interests and abilities in chemistry. The experiments presented minimize the use of hazardous materials and provide detailed instructions on disposing of wastes. The Fifth Edition also allows experiments to be conducted in a conventional laboratory setting or with CBL-2 technology. While most experiments can be conducted in a single three-hour period, some have been designed to be completed over an extended time to illustrate that chemical systems do not work at an arbitrary schedule. Suggestions are provided for combining experiments of shorter length and similar pedagogy.

Toby F. Block, Georgia Institute of Technology

Toby Block was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and received her BS in chemistry (cum laude) from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry (with an inorganic minor) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point teaching introductory chemistry, physical chemistry, and inorganic chemistry before joining the staff of the Georgia Institute of Technology as a laboratory coordinator in 1980. At Georgia Tech, Block supervises the work of teaching assistants in the introductory chemistry laboratories and lectures to introductory chemistry classes. She chaired the 1990 Biennial Conference on Chemical Education at Georgia Tech campus. Toby Block is also an author of LABORATORY EXPERIMENTS IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY, Fourth Edition.

George M. McKelvy, Georgia Institute of Technology

George McKelvy was born in Nashville, Tennessee, and received his BS in Secondary Education, Mathematics and Physical Sciences from the University of Tennessee, Martin, Tennessee. He taught Middle (Mathematics) and Secondary School (Mathematics, Chemistry, and Physics) for 23 years while earning his M.Ed. in Physical Sciences from Georgia State University. His Ph.D. in (Physical) Science Education came after teaching Physics and Mathematics at Clayton College and State University and joining the staff of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1996. His initial position as Demonstration Teacher included working with Toby Block in the introductory laboratories and the teaching faculty in enhancing introductory lectures. George has authored several articles on demonstrations as well as using computers to enhance the teaching/learning experience in Chemistry and presented at many national and international conventions regarding the same.
1. Using the Right Container, in the Right Manner.
2. On the Nature of Pennies.
3. Density.
5. Separation of a Mixture into Its Components by Fractional Crystallization.
6. Fun with Solutions.
7. Properties of Oxides, Hydroxides and Oxo-Acids.
8. Volumetric Analysis: Acid/Base Titration Using Indicators.
9. Job's Method: Determining the Stoichiometry of a Reaction.
10. The Synthesis of Cobalt Oxalate Hydrate.
11. The Synthesis of a Nitrite Complex.
12. Determination of the Composition of Cobalt Oxalate Hydrate.
13. The Gasimetric Analysis of a Nitrite Complex.
14. The Burning of a Candle.
15. The Vapor Pressure of Water.
16. Freezing-Point Depression.
17. Absorption Spectroscopy and Beer's Law.
18. Getting the End Point to Approximate the Equivalence Point.
19. Determination of the Dissociation Constant of an Acid/Base Indicator.
20. Temperature Change and Equilibrium.
21. Analysis of Bleach for Hypochlorite Content.
22. Electrochemical Cells.
23. Enthalpy of Hydration of Ammonium Chloride.
24. Thermodynamic Prediction of Precipitation Reactions.
25. Kinetic Study of the Reaction between Iron (III) Ions and Iodide Ions.
26. Qualitative Analysis of Household Chemicals.
27. Analysis of a Soluble Salt.

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Instructor's Manual (Online)

ISBN: 9780534424497
The Instructor's Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation, such as detailed product lists with sources, tips for preparation, and common problems that students might have and how to solve them.