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Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture

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  • To save time, you can download preformatted labels for chemical storage bottles in [OpenOffice.org .ODT format] or [Microsoft Word .DOC format]. Note that the quantities given on these labels assume that the chemicals are 100.00% pure and that, if applicable, you are using the anhydrous form of the chemical. If your chemicals are of less than 100% purity or if you are using a hydrated form of a chemical, you will have to modify quantities appropriately. 
  • When we finished the manuscript of this book, iodine crystals, which are used in some of the lab sessions, were freely available. Subsequently, the DEA rescheduled iodine crystals as a List I chemical, which means you now need to fill out paperwork and provide identification to order iodine. Fortunately, it's easy to isolate elemental iodine from potassium iodide, instructions for doing which are in this document. Isolating Elemental Iodine from Potassium Iodide

HomeChemLab Supplement Package

Looking for answers to the questions in the book, extra experiments, and more neat stuff to do in your home chem lab? The HomeChemLab.com supplement package includes the following:
  • HomeChemLab Answer Guide: If you're puzzled by some of the questions in Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments or if you think you have the correct answers but aren't quite sure, you need the HomeChemLab Answer Guide. This electronic book provides definitive answers and explanations for the questions posed at the end of each lab session. All subscribers receive the current version of this guide when they subscribe, as well as any updated, expanded, and corrected versions that are published during the term of their subscriptions. (requires Adobe Reader)
  • Subscriber-Only Newsletter: this monthly newsletter ran from June 2008 through May 2009, and contains short articles, news of interest to home chemists, and supplemental lab sessions that use the equipment and many of the chemicals you've already purchased to do the lab sessions in the book. The supplemental lab sessions range from basic sessions intended for beginners through more advanced sessions intended for those who have completed all of the sessions in the book. (requires Adobe Reader)
June 2008

        Laboratory 21.3: Isolate Iodine from Potassium Iodide
        Laboratory 19.6: Qualitative Analysis of Some Sugars
        Laboratory 11.5: Extract pH Indicators from Plant Material

July 2008

        Laboratory 17.2: Photochemical Bromination of Hydrocarbons
        Laboratory 21.4: Synthesize Some Inorganic Pigments
        Building Your Own Microchemistry Set

August 2008

        Laboratory 20.4: Quantitative Analysis of Ethanol by Redox Titration
        Laboratory 9.5: Job's Method of Continuous Variation
        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part I

September 2008

        Laboratory 19.7: The Iodoform Test
        Laboratory 21.5: Synthesize Rubber
        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part II

October 2008

        Laboratory 20.5: Determine Water Hardness by Complexometric Titration
        Laboratory 23.1: Introduction to Coordination Chemistry
        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part III (barium compounds)

November 2008

        Laboratory 17.3: Photochemistry of Iron Salts
        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part IV (ammonium metavanadate)
        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part V (nickel compounds)

December 2008

        Give the Gift of Science to a Kid
        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part VI (lithium compounds)
        Laboratory 10.3: Observe the Oxidation States of Vanadium

January 2009

        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part VII (strontium compounds)
        Making Your Own Thin-Layer Chromatography (TLC) Plates
        Laboratory 24.1: Isolate Casein and Lactose from Milk

February 2009

        Making Your Own Chemicals, Part VIII (potassium cyanate)
        Laboratory 24.2: Separate Amino Acids in Casein with Paper Chromatography
        Laboratory 24.3: Reproducing Wöhler's Landmark Synthesis of Urea

March 2009

        Laboratory 6.7: Purify Aspirin
        Laboratory 21.6: Synthesize Useful Compounds from Aspirin

April 2009

        Laboratory 21.7: Synthesize Dimethylglyoxime
        Laboratory 22.5: Detect Alkaloids with Precipitation Reagents
        Laboratory 22.6: Identify Alkaloids with Color Test Reagents

May 2009

        Laboratory 12.5: Determine Reaction Rate and Order
        Laboratory 14.6: Investigate Graham's Law
        Laboratory 19.8: Analysis of Paint Samples for Lead

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Equipment and Chemical Kits

You can obtain the equipment and chemicals needed to do the experiments in the book from many sources, but ordering piecemeal takes longer and often costs more. We've arranged to produce several kits that contain what you need to do the experiments in the book.

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