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Exploring General Chemistry in the Laboratory

Colleen F. Craig, Kim N. Gunnerson
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This laboratory manual is intended for a two-semester general chemistry course. The procedures are written with the goal of simplifying a complicated and often challenging subject for students by applying concepts to everyday life.

This lab manual covers topics such as composition of compounds, reactivity, stoichiometry, limiting reactants, gas laws, calorimetry, periodic trends, molecular structure, spectroscopy, kinetics, equilibria, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, intermolecular forces, solutions, and coordination complexes.

By the end of this course, you should have a solid understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry, which will give you confidence as you embark on your career in science.

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  • INITIATE your study of the basic concepts in the general chemistry laboratory by reading through concise introductory material and answering pre-lab questions that familiarize you with the steps in each exercise.
  • INVESTIGATE the mysteries of matter by following the clearly written procedures and recording data and observations on the data sheets provided. Note boxes, OSHA pictograms, and precise explanations of techniques help you develop laboratory skills while safely working through procedures.
  • INTEGRATE your knowledge of each laboratory topic by making sense of the data you have collected. Critical thinking post-lab questions assist you in understanding what you have performed in lab.

About the Author

Colleen F. Craig

Colleen Craig received her Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Washington in 2006. Following that, she taught chemistry at various colleges in western Washington, including Western Washington University, Seattle Central Community College, and all three University of Washington campuses. She has been a lecturer in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Washington since 2012, where she teaches general chemistry courses. Having been a life-long introvert afflicted with near-crippling stage fright, she finds it somewhat odd that she now regularly lectures to classes of 300–600 students without breaking (much of) a sweat. When she is not working on her courses and curriculum projects, Colleen enjoys knitting, yoga, reading, and binge-watching TV shows.

Kim N. Gunnerson

Kim Gunnerson is a lecturer at the University of Washington–Bothell where she teaches the general chemistry sequence as well as introductory level computer science courses. Over the course of Kim’s career, she has explored the spectrum of chemistry jobs: she began with 10 years as a laboratory chemist followed by seven years as a high school chemistry teacher. Her high school teaching was followed by a return to the University of Washington as a student, where she earned her Ph.D. in physical Chemistry with her work using computer simulations to study the classical mechanical dynamics of molecules. She joined the University of Washington–Bothell faculty upon completion of her Ph.D. Kim enjoys an active lifestyle and feels particularly fortunate to live in the Pacific Northwest where she can hike, bike, and downhill ski to her heart’s content or until her muscles scream “mercy,” whichever happens first.

Table of Contents


Introduction to the Chemistry Laboratory

Chapter 1: Measurement

Chapter 2: Composition and Reactivity of Compounds

Chapter 3: Stoichiometry

Chapter 4: Behavior of Gases

Chapter 5: Thermochemistry

Chapter 6: Atomic Emission Spectra and Periodic Trends

Chapter 7: Molecular Structure and its Consequences

Chapter 8: Chemical Kinetics

Chapter 9: Chemical Equilibrium

Chapter 10: Aqueous Equilibrium

Chapter 11: Thermodynamics

Chapter 12: Electrochemistry

Chapter 13: Consequences of Intermolecular Forces

Chapter 14: Properties of Solutions

Chapter 15: Coordination Complexes

Chapter 16: Organic and Biological Molecules