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Exercises for the General, Organic, & Biochemistry Laboratory

William G. O'Neal
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This full-color, comprehensive, affordable manual is appropriate for one-semester introductory chemistry courses. The activities in this book emphasize exploration through the experimental process followed by critical thinking questions to assist students in making connections between what they have learned in lab and how this knowledge can be applied.

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  • Initiate the study of basic concepts in the general, organic, and biochemistry laboratory through concise introductory material and pre-lab questions that familiarize students with the concepts presented in each exercise. 
  • Investigate the mysteries of matter by following the clearly written procedures and recording data and observations on the provided data sheets. Safety notes, OSHA pictograms, and Technique Tip boxes help students develop skills in laboratory technique while safely working through procedures.
  • Integrate knowledge of each laboratory topic by making sense of the data students have collected. Critical thinking questions assist students in making connections between what they have learned in lab and how this knowledge can be applied to their studies.

About the Author

William G. O'Neal

William G. (Will) O’Neal is a faculty member in the Chemistry Department at the University of Richmond, where he directs the organic chemistry laboratory curriculum. He was previously a chemistry instructor and physical sciences department head at Coastal Carolina Community College in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Dartmouth College, where his research focused on the development of new synthetic routes to macrocyclic tetrapyrroles of the chlorin and bacteriochlorin classes. Will served as an American Chemical Society Congressional Fellow from 2008 to 2009 and subsequently worked as a congressional staffer. He and his family reside in Richmond, Virginia.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Measure Up: Laboratory Measurements

Chapter 2: The More Things Change: Chemical and Physical Properties

Chapter 3: Counting Calories: Calorimetry and Specific Heat

Chapter 4: All in the Family: Elements and the Periodic Table

Chapter 5: Eat Your Wheaties®: Nutritional Minerals in Cereal

Chapter 6: Puzzled?: Ionic and Covalent Bonds

Chapter 7: Tried and Tested: Formula of a Compound

Chapter 8: Don't Lose Your Balance: Reaction Stoichiometry

Chapter 9: Lab is Such a Headache: Formation of Aspirin

Chapter 10: Skeletons and Suffixes: Hydrocarbon Isomerism and Bond Reactivity

Chapter 11: How Sweet It Is: Structures of Carbohydrates

Chapter 12: Take Your Medicine: Thin Layer Chromatography of Analgesic Drugs

Chapter 13: Clean it Up: Formation and Evaluation of Soap

Chapter 14: A Lot of Hot Air: Charles' Law

Chapter 15: It's No Problem: All About Solutions

Chapter 16: True Colors: pH Indicators

Chapter 17: Breaking Up: Acid-Base Extraction

Chapter 18: Why It Does a Body Good: The Components of Milk

Chapter 19: Got Milk Sugar?: Lactase and Enzyme Activity

Chapter 20: Blueprint of a Strawberry: DNA Extraction



Chapter 6 Puzzle Pieces