The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments: How to Set up a Home Laboratory-Over 200 Simple Experiments
The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments was a children’s chemistry book written in the 1960s by Robert Brent and illustrated by Harry Lazarus and published by Western Publishing in their Golden Books series. Many of the experiments contained in the book are now considered highly dangerous for unsupervised children, and would not appear in a modern children’s chemistry book. OCLC lists only 126 copies of this book in libraries worldwide. It was said that the experiments and information contained herein were too dangerous for the general public.
The book was a source of inspiration to David Hahn, nicknamed “the Radioactive Boy Scout” by the media, who tried to collect a sample of every chemical element and also built a model nuclear reactor, which led to the involvement of the authorities.
Copies of this book often sell for prices between $100 to over $700 (USD), or higher, depending on condition. You can own a copy of this rare book for only a fraction of the cost of the original!
Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture (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
- 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.
About the Author
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.
Laboratory Experiments for General, Organic and Biochemistry
(Brooks/Cole Laboratory Series for General Chemistry)
The 48 experiments in this well-conceived manual illustrate important concepts and principles in general, organic, and biochemistry. As in previous editions, three basic goals guided the development of all the experiments: (1) the experiments illustrate the concepts learned in the classroom; (2) the experiments are clearly and concisely written so that students will easily understand the task at hand, will work with minimal supervision because the manual provides enough information on experimental procedures, and will be able to perform the experiments in a 2 1/2-hour laboratory period; and, (3) the experiments are not only simple demonstrations, but also contain a sense of discovery. This edition includes many revised experiments.
Organic Experiments – Kenneth L. Williamson – Mount Holyoke College, Emeritus
Kenneth L. Williamson – Mount Holyoke College, Emeritus
2. Laboratory Safety, Courtesy, and Waste Disposal Techniques.
3. Melting Points and Boiling Points.
6. Steam Distillation, Vacuum Distillation, and Sublimation.
8. Thin-Layer Chromatography: Analysis of Analgesics and Isolating Lycopene from Tomato Paste.
9. Column Chromatography: Fluorenone, Cholesteryl Acetate, Acetylferrocene, and Plant Pigments.
10. Gas Chromatography: Analysis of Alkene Isomers.
11. Infrared Spectroscopy.
12. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
13. Mass Spectroscopy.
14. Ultraviolet Spectroscopy, Refractive Indices, and Qualitative Instrumental Organic Analysis.
15. Computational Chemistry Elimination, Substitution, and Addition.
16. The SN2 Reaction: 1-Bromobutane.
17. Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions of Alkyl Halides.
18. Radical Initiated Chlorination of 1-Chlorobutane.
19. Alkenes from Alcohols: Cyclohexene from Cyclohexanol.
20. Bromination and Debromination: Purification of Cholesterol.
21. Dichlorocarbene Oxidation and Reduction.
22. Oxidation: Cyclohexanol to Cyclohexanone; Cyclohexanone to Adipic Acid.
23. The Cannizzaro Reaction: Simultaneous Synthesis of an Alcohol and an Acid in the Absence of Solvent.
24. Oxidative Coupling of Alkynes: 2,7-Dimethyl-3,5-octadiyn-2,7-diol.
25. Catalytic Hydrogenation.
26. Sodium Borohydride Reduction of 2-Methylcyclohexanone: A Problem in Conformational Analysis.
27. Epoxidation of Cholesterol.
Aromatic Substitution and Elimination.
28. Nitration of Methyl Benzoate
29. Friedel-Crafts Alkylation of Benzene and Dimethoxybenzene; Host-Guest Chemistry.
30. Alkylation of Mesitylene.
31. The Friedel-Crafts Reaction: Anthraquinone and Anthracene.
32. Friedel-Crafts Acylation of Ferrocene: Acetylferrocene.
33. Reactions of Triphenylmethyl Carbocation, Carbanion, and Radical.
34. 1,2,3,4-Tetraphenylnaphthalene via Benzyne.
35. Triptycene via Benzyne Reactions of Aldehydes and Ketones.
36. Aldehydes and Ketones.
37. Dibenzalacetone by the Aldol Condensation.
38. Grignard Synthesis of Triphenylmethanol and Benzoic Acid.
39. The Wittig and Wittig-Horner Reactions Reactions of Carboxylic Acids, Esters, and Amines.
40. Esterification and Hydrolysis.
41. Acetylsalicylic Acid (Aspirin).
42. Malonic Ester of a Barbiturate.
44. The Sandmeyer Reaction: 1-Bromo-4-chlorobenzene, 2-Iodobenzoic Acid, and 4-Chlorotoluene.
45. Synthesis and Bioessay of Sulfanilamide and Derivatives.
46. Dyes and Dyeing.
47. Martius Yellow.
48. Diels-Alder Reaction.
49. Ferrocene [Bis(cyclopentadienyl)iron].
50. A Diels-Alder Reaction Puzzle: The Reaction of 2,4-Hexadien-1-ol with Maleic Anhydride.
52. Hexaphenylbenzene and Dimethyl Tetraphenylphthalate.
Derivatives of 1,2-Diphenylethane: A Multistep Synthesis.
53. The Benzoin Condensation: Catalysis by the Cyanide Ion and Thiamine.
54. Nitric Acid Oxidation; Preparation of Benzil from Benzoin; and Synthesis of a Heterocycle: Diphenylquinoxaline.
55. Borohydride Reduction of a Ketone: Hydrobenzoin from Benzil.
56. The Synthesis of 2,2-Dimethyl-1,5-dioxolane; The Acetonide Derivative of a Vicinal Diol.
57. The 1,4-Addition: Reductive Acetylation of Benzil.
58. Synthesis of an Alkyne from an Alkene; Bromination and Dehydrobromination: Stilbene and Diphenylacetylene.
59. The Perkin Reaction: Synthesis of a-Phenylcinnamic Acid.
60. Multicomponent Reactions: The Aqueous Passerini Reaction.
61. Chemiluminescence: Syntheses of Cyalume and Luminol.
62. Photochemistry: The Synthesis of Benzopinacol Natural Product Chemistry and Biochemistry.
63. Carbohydrates and Sweeteners.
64. Virstatin, a Possible Treatment for Cholera.
65. Biosynthesis of Ethanol and Enzymatic Reactions.
66. The Synthesis of Natural Products: Pseudopellitierene and Camphor.
67. Polymers: Synthesis and Recycling.
68. Searching the Chemical Literature.
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Chemistry Experiments for Children
Kids will learn how to shoot candy and soda 10 feet up in the air or create a crystal collage with the key chemistry concepts and exciting yet educational projects in this handbook. With more than two dozen fascinating projects illustrating major chemistry themes—including atoms and molecules; the characteristics of solids, liquids, and gases; chemical reactions; acids and bases; and the properties of water—children learn the theory behind each project and then see the principles in action. A combination of wacky experiments, yummy cooking projects, and unusual creations, the activities can all be completed using common household materials and include walking on “goop,” making taffy, viewing the world from inside a giant bubble, and many more sure to keep kids investigating how the world works.