MicroChem Experiment Lab Kit
Chemistry labs can be scary and overwhelming, especially if you don't have a curriculum that lays them out for you. It can be expensive to buy the equipment and many of the chemicals are restricted and difficult to obtain.
MicroChem Experiment Lab is a kit that takes away some of the pressure and expense of those high school chemistry labs. This kit includes scaled-down amounts of chemicals (about 1/100th the usual amount) and is enough to do experiments about 5 times. By scaling back on the chemicals and using plastic equipment (where possible) the cost is controlled a bit and there is less of a problem with chemical disposal at the end of the course. Chemicals come in dropping' bottles, so they are ready for use. No mixing and less spilling is a definite benefit to this kit. Experiments may cause for a drop' or drops' of a chemical, so the special bottles are great for dispensation.
The kit includes a 119-page manual that contains introductory information, how to use it, and safety information. The manual includes experiments and instruction for each goals, materials/equipment needed, background information, and step-by-step procedures. Suggested answers are given for questions in each experiment, and solutions to experiments are included at the back of the manual. If you are already using a curriculum and just need labs, an included chart shows correlation to A Beka Chemistry, 2nd ed.; ACE Chemistry, 1996 ed.; Alpha Omega Publications, grade 11 Chemistry; Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry; Bob Jones Chemistry, 3rd ed.; Glencoe Science, Chemistry: Matter and Change; and Prentice Hall, Chemistry. If you are using a different curriculum and just need the labs, just match the labs up to the concept you are studying for a lab companion. This kit isn't a complete chemistry curriculum, so you should be using a course text for explanations; there is also an assumption that students using this kit have knowledge of Algebra.
There is a lengthy list of items included in the kit. Call our customer service if interested in the complete list; however, the chemicals included are acetic acid, bromophenol blue indicator, calcium nitrate, copper nitrate, glycerin, hydrochloric acid, lead nitrate, nickel nitrate, phenolphthalein indicator paper, potassium hydroxide, potassium iodide, sodium acetate, sodium hydroxide, sodium oxalate, sodium sulfate, sodium thiosulfate, universal indicator paper, zinc nitrate, magnesium sulfate, potassium hydrogen phthalate, cetyl alcohol, and palmitic acid liquids are in 0.1M dropping bottles.
As with all kits, there is always a list of items you will need to supply. Most are household items black paper, books, felt-tip pens, water soluble ink, distilled water, food coloring, graph paper, ice, matches, natural indicators, paper towels, clear tape, printed paper, scissors, shallow pan, table salt, stapler, source of heat (microwave, stove, etc.), stopwatch or watch with a second hand, table sugar, vinegar, and white paper. Another item mentioned in the experiments is a voltmeter, which you would need to provide. You can either skip those labs or a voltmeter can be purchased at a minimal cost.
These are real chemistry labs intended for the college-prep level of learning and can be used to really beef-up your high school chemistry course. ~ Donna
Supplies included in this kit: instruction manual, 9-volt battery, 15mL, 30mL, 150mL plastic beakers, 50mL glass beaker, Capillary tubes, Chromatography paper, Conductivity apparatus, Cotton swabs, Electrolysis device, Felt-tip pen with black, water-soluble ink, 10mL plastic, graduated cylinder, 1.0mL measuring spoon, Graduated, mini, and thin stem pipettes, Plastic toothpicks, 96-well reaction plate, 24-well reaction plate, Rubber bands, 15 cm ruler, Safety goggles, Fine sandpaper, Spring clamp, 6x50 mm test tubes, 12x75 mm test tubes, Celsius thermometer (-10 to 102C), Washing bottle, Wire gauze, Wood splints, Lab Manual, Acetic acid, Calcium nitrate, Copper nitrate, Hydrochloric acid, Lead nitrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium iodide, Sodium acetate, Sodium hydroxide, Sodium oxalate, Sodium sulfate, Sodium thiosulfate, Zinc nitrate, Magnesium sulfate, Potassium hydrogen phthalate, Cetyl alcohol, Palmitic acid, Bromophenol blue indicator, Glycerin, Phenolphthalein indicator paper, Universal indicator paper, Copper, Lead, Nickel, Zinc. - all solutions are in 0.1M bottles.
1CHOKING HAZARD (1, 4). Not <3yrs.
This is a kit for serious chemistry students who want more challenging lab experiences! It contains 26 chemicals, 27 pieces of equipment, a handy storage container, and a well organized manual with 17 lessons. The kit contains sufficient supplies for every experiment to be completed 5 times. Recommended for the Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry course as an optional lab set for those students who would like to do more hands-on labs.
Winner of Homeschooling Parent Best in Science 2004. The MicroChem Kit provides instruction at a college-preparatory level. It is intended as the laboratory component of a chemistry course. Also recommended by Homeschool Enrichment, The Link Homeschool News, and Cathy Duffy.
The MicroChem Kit provides instruction at a college-preparatory level. It is intended as the laboratory component of a chemistry course.
- A Beka CHEMISTRY Precision & Design
- 2nd Edition ACE Ministries School of Tomorrow Chemistry Series, 1996 Edition
- Alpha Omega Publications, Science Grade 11, Chemistry
- Apologia (Wile) Exploring Creation with Chemistry, 2nd Edition
- BJU, CHEMISTRY for Christian Schools, 2nd Edition
- Christian Light's Science 1100 Chemistry
- Glencoe Science, Chemistry: Matter and Change
- ChemAdvantage.com Honors Chemistry
(Yes. This is the kit mentioned in Apologia Exploring Creation with Chemistry 2nd Edition.)
We have designed the MicroChem Kit in order to make teaching and preparation very convenient. This chemistry lab course is based on the Microscale method which uses about 1/100th of the chemicals a typical lab would consume. The chemical reagents are supplied in dropper bottles that are ready-to-go and do not require any mixing or further preparation. Dropping bottles facilitate the Microscale method, simplify classroom management, and help students stay organized and avoid spills, errors and inconsistencies. There are no concentrated acids or bases in the kit. The equipment provided is mostly plastic which reduces breakage.
The standard MicroChem Kit includes a 119 page manual which explains each experiment covering the following:
- - Goals The goals section outlines the major learning areas of the experiment.
- - Background The background would be equivalent to a short lecture on the theory of the experiment.
- - Materials and Equipment Get the equipment out of the kit and you are good to go. Any items not included in the kit like ice, sugar, hot water, etc. are also mentioned in this area, as well as at the beginning of each experiment.
- - Procedure Just follow the step by step procedure to do the experiment. Instructions are clearly explained making it easy for students, homeschool parents, and teachers/instructors.
- - Results Students answer questions in the results area. This gives students a better understanding as well as a record of their completion.
The MicroChem Kit contains sufficient materials to perform every experiment five times with all that's needed except a few commonly available items. It is intended as full year of labs designed to make teaching and preparation very convenient for the instructor. Use with adult supervision. Ages 14 & up.
- 1. Paper Chromatography
- 2. Melting Points, Super Cooling
- 3. Electrical Conductivity of Several Solutions
- 4. Mole Ratios
- 5. Double Replacement Reactions
- 6. Oxidation-Reduction
- 7. Decomposition
- 8. Boyle's Law
- 9. Charles's Law
- 10. Solubility Product Constant
- 11. PH and PH Indicators
- 12. A Microscale Titration
- 13. Molar Mass by Titration
- 14. A Buffer Solution
- 15. Reaction Rates: The Effect of Concentration
- 16. Reaction Rates: The Effect of Temperature
- 17. Electrochemistry: Galvanic Cells
CHOKING HAZARD (1). Not <3yrs.
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