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Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (DIY Science) [Paperback]

Robert Bruce Thompson
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9 May 2008 DIY Science

For students, DIY hobbyists, and science buffs, who can no longer get real chemistry sets, this one-of-a-kind guide explains how to set up and use a home chemistry lab, with step-by-step instructions for conducting experiments in basic chemistry -- not just to make pretty colors and stinky smells, but to learn how to do real lab work:

  • Purify alcohol by distillation
  • Produce hydrogen and oxygen gas by electrolysis
  • Smelt metallic copper from copper ore you make yourself
  • Analyze the makeup of seawater, bone, and other common substances
  • Synthesize oil of wintergreen from aspirin and rayon fiber from paper
  • Perform forensics tests for fingerprints, blood, drugs, and poisons
  • and much more

From the 1930s through the 1970s, chemistry sets were among the most popular Christmas gifts, selling in the millions. But two decades ago, real chemistry sets began to disappear as manufacturers and retailers became concerned about liability. ,em>The Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments steps up to the plate with lessons on how to equip your home chemistry lab, master laboratory skills, and work safely in your lab. The bulk of this book consists of 17 hands-on chapters that include multiple laboratory sessions on the following topics:

  • Separating Mixtures
  • Solubility and Solutions
  • Colligative Properties of Solutions
  • Introduction to Chemical Reactions & Stoichiometry
  • Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) Reactions
  • Acid-Base Chemistry
  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Chemical Equilibrium and Le Chatelier's Principle
  • Gas Chemistry
  • Thermochemistry and Calorimetry
  • Electrochemistry
  • Photochemistry
  • Colloids and Suspensions
  • Qualitative Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Synthesis of Useful Compounds
  • Forensic Chemistry
With plenty of full-color illustrations and photos, Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments offers introductory level sessions suitable for a middle school or first-year high school chemistry laboratory course, and more advanced sessions suitable for students who intend to take the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry exam. A student who completes all of the laboratories in this book will have done the equivalent of two full years of high school chemistry lab work or a first-year college general chemistry laboratory course.

This hands-on introduction to real chemistry -- using real equipment, real chemicals, and real quantitative experiments -- is ideal for the many thousands of young people and adults who want to experience the magic of chemistry.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Maker Media, Inc; 1 edition (9 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596514921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596514921
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 20.5 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert Bruce Thompson is a coauthor of Building the Perfect PC, Astronomy Hacks, and the Illustrated Guide to Astronomical Wonders. Thompson built his first computer in 1976 from discrete chips. It had 256 bytes of memory, used toggle switches and LEDs for I/O, ran at less than 1MHz, and had no operating system. Since then, he has bought, built, upgraded, and repaired hundreds of PCs for himself, employers, customers, friends, and clients. Thompson reads mysteries and nonfiction for relaxation, but only on cloudy nights. He spends most clear, moonless nights outdoors with his 10-inch Dobsonian reflector telescope, hunting down faint fuzzies, and is currently designing a larger truss-tube Dobsonian (computerized, of course) that he plans to build.


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for a REAL FUN chemistry book 1 Aug 2008
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The author, Mr. Thompson, obviously loves the subject, and yes, darn it, chemistry should be "fun", a little dangerous and educational.
I share the author's lament over the passing of a "proper" chemistry set. The one I had as a kid contained all the "no-no's" (or should I say KNO, KNO3!)
In that day you could go to the chemist and buy all manner of chemicals "off the shelf".
At school we made rockets (after school hours, I had a terrific Chemistry Master.....
Now my Son wants to learn, we home ed.... this book gives me the chance to "teach" or better "inspire" him:- That I did already, demonstrating the oxidizing qualities of KMnO4, innitially he smuggly goes yeah and.... then quite soon it's wow, how the heck did that happen?
With the chemistry sets of today you take two or more chemicals, mix them together and go "um er what's supposed to happen", as the chemicals just sit there, or if you are lucky change color!
An experiment has to DO something tangible. Thank you for a great book!

On an offside as it seems that we are being treated more and more like halfwits, perhaps we could have a "for dummies" line of chemistry sets, and then have a range that are designed for the responsible, and wanna b edjucaited majority!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and serious treatment of the subject 2 Mar 2009
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How I mourn the demise of the old style chemistry sets - today's offerings are a sad and pathetic shadow of what they used to be. This book takes a fun, but very serious scientific approach to the science of chemistry as a hobby, and doesn't just teach you how to make pretty (but useless) coloured solutions. Of course, in these days where you require top level security clearance just to buy some meths for your spirit burner, it's not easy to find the chemicals required to carry out the experiements in this book - but companies DO exist in the UK who will legally supply individuals so don't be disheartened. I have no hesitation in recommending this book - and perhaps we should all lobby our MPs to BRING BACK THE CHEMISTRY SET!!!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A really useful practical chemistry book 28 Sep 2009
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As a teacher of traditional Chemistry in a traditional sixth form, I am always on the lookout for resources that are approachable but rigorous and which are 'real life' chemistry. That's exactly what this book is. Of course, it's got lots of traditional chemistry in it, but it challenges the reader on how to approach chemistry through practical work using very basic equipment. As well as suggested practical procedures, there is just enough theoretical support to make solid learning happen. The range of experiments is impressive and easily adapted, if adaptation is necessary, to a traditional laboratory setting. It's also fun. Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars illusrtrated guide to home chemistry experiments 28 Mar 2010
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although this book is for a litte simplistic (for me) it is well laid out and easy to understand I think it is aimed at 13 to 16 year olds. It is a good book for that sort of age group
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction to chemistry! 18 July 2011
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One of the best books I've purchased this year!

For those looking to get started in home chemistry, this is by far the best resource around. The book first guides the reader through the equipment and chemicals needed for a home lab (as well as their safe handling and storage), following which are a series of lessons teaching fundamental lab techniques -- doing a lot of exciting experiments along the way.

The most difficult thing was finding companies that ship chemicals to private addresses in the UK, but with a bit of searching, they can be found.
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