Chemistry Experiments for High School at Home
In contexts without a lab facility, conducting effective chemistry experiments is one of the greatest challenges. Homeschooling families may resort to "easy experiments using household items. The result can quickly become little more than a magic show. Students mix ingredients and watch the effects, but are not taught real chemistry. The chemicals, procedures, and equipment often bear little or no resemblance to what a real chemist would use, and they do not prepare students for the rigors of their college science courses.
Novare Science & Math has the goal of helping home educators conduct excellent science education. In the chemistry lab, this means bringing students into the real chemist experience. It requires effort, skill, and patience learning and observing universal safety procedures, use of correct terminology, use of apparatus, skills of measurement, recording, documentation, cleanup and waste disposal. The best educated students will also take some time to learn the background of an experiment, how to analyze results, and how to write a quality lab report.
This book has low-cost alternatives to expensive equipment and recommendations for procuring small quantities of chemicals. Of course, some expenditure on basic equipment is required, but for all 20 experiments the cost is less than $200.
Each experiment includes Learning Objectives, Lab Skills Focus, Materials and Apparatus List, safety issues, Background, Procedure, as well as any special waste disposal matters. Pages are perforated so that students can remove the Short Form Report Sheets for each experiment. The book is intended for each student to have their own copy.
- 1.Measurement of Physical Properties
- 2.Separation of Components in a Mixture
- 3.Flame Texts and Metal Cation Identification
- 4.Determining the Empirical Formula of a Copper Chloride Hydrate
- 5.Activity Series
- 6.Limiting Reactant and Percent Yield
- 7.Intermolecular Forces
- 9.Mole Amount of Gas
- 10.Metathesis Reactions
- 11.Acid-Base Titration
- 12.Effectiveness of Antacids
- 13.Calorimetry and Hess' Law
- 14.Rate Law Determination for the Acid-Catalyzed Iodination of Acetone
- 15.Titration Curves and Ka
- 16.Determination of the Percentage of Iron in Iron SupplementsRedox Titration
- 17.Electrochemical Series
- 18.Synthesis of Aspirin
- 19.Calorimetry of Organic Compounds