Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments
All Lab, No Lecture
Publisher: Maker Media, Inc
Released: April 2008
Pages: 432

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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Excellent Book

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    Comments about oreilly Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments:

    I was unable to find a good chemistry kit and instruction so that I may learn on my own. After much searching, I found this book and also from the web addresses in the book found that the author also supports with a kit of supplies and chemicals. I found that the kit cost was less than I could procure the supplies on my own.

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    Excellent Book for Chemistry Teachers

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    As a high school chemistry teacher with no actual laboratory for experiments, this book has been extremely valuable. It contains an introduction to the topic with each lab and accessible supplies and suggested alternatives. I checked it out of the library, but since I marked every lab, I'm going to buy my own copy. Great for home-schoolers, AP exam takers, and teachers.

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    Reignited my passion for Chemistry!

    By Leam

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    At first I picked this book to help with home-schooling, but it's a bit much for where my son is. It also doesn't explain theory as clearly as I'd like. That said, this book is AWESOME! Every page made me want to go try things. The experiments cover safety and post experiment waste disposal; things parents are concerned about.

    Whether or not my son chooses to join me in "the lab", I can see several months of fascination and pure joy of learning ahead.

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    A home schooler must have book

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    Over the last few years many folks have noted the demise of home chemistry sets and other hands-on opportunities. I echo many of the same thoughts. One of the joys of my youth was playing around, that is experimenting. We scavenged microscopes and other discarded equipment when we could. We also had the more organized opportunities in the form of commercially available chemistry sets and biology kits. Alas the decent and useful chemistry sets are gone. Without going in to the details, suffice to say that I loved my chemistry set and still relish those youthful memories. I have long lamented the fact that you can no longer buy a decent home chemistry set.

    Thompson's book addresses this problem and fills a much needed niche. This by far the best how-to chemistry book around if you want to setup your own chemistry lab and conduct experiments at home. If you like scrounging around and really getting getting your hand dirty, this book is a great guide. If you want dry, stuffy lectures you won't find it here. This book is interesting and fun.

    This is a real how-to book that addresses the practical issues of setting up a chemistry lab and conducting experiments. In addition to the chapters that deal with the actual experiments, there are chapters on safety, equipment, and where to find chemicals. There is also good discussion about the disposal of chemicals and a realistic and practical discussion about the dangers of chemicals.

    I've had a copy of the book for a couple of months. I've had the opportunity to read much of it and actually try some of the experiments. I don't have a lot of room for a lab but that hasn't stopped me from experimenting. I originally obtained the book for my son but I have to admit I find it more interesting and useful than he does. While he is interested in chemistry and has enjoyed out experiments he is too busy with other things to really get into it at the moment. I hope that will change after the summer ends and we settle in for the winter. I plan to incorporate chemistry into our home schooling program and this book is the perfect tool to help guide my efforts.

    The bottom line is that this book is educational, practical and fun. I recommend it for anyone interested in learning about basic practical chemistry. If you are a parent and your child is interested in chemistry you need this book. It will be invaluable for home school parents who plan to teach chemistry and as a supplement for high school chemistry students. I would not be surprised to find that chemistry teachers adopted this book in their own curriculum.

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