Exercises for the General, Organic, & Biochemistry Laboratory, 2e

By William G. O'Neal  •  
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This full-color, comprehensive, affordable manual is intended for a one-semester general, organic, and biochemistry course, preparatory/basic chemistry course, liberal arts chemistry course, or allied health 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.

The first half of the lab manual covers general topics such as chemical and physical properties, elements of the periodic table, types of bonds, empirical formulas, and reaction stoichiometry. These labs form the foundation for future labs, which cover the basics of organic and biological chemistry. Experiments include the classification of organic compounds and the determination of biomolecules.

By the end of this course, students should have a solid understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry, which will give them confidence as they embark on various allied health careers.

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  • Initiate the study of basic concepts in the general, organic, and biochemistry laboratory by reading through concise introductory material and answering pre-lab questions that familiarize students with the concepts presented in each exercise. The inclusion of color photography and high-quality art promotes engagement and comprehension of the more difficult concepts.
  • Investigate the mysteries of matter by following the clearly written procedures and recording data and observations on the provided data sheets. Common techniques are reviewed as needed in Technique Tips boxes to reinforce the development of basic laboratory skills. OSHA pictograms, and Lab Safety boxes are provided to help students understand any risks associated with specific chemicals and equipment.
  • Integrate knowledge of each laboratory topic by making sense of the data that has been collected. Reflective Exercises galvanize critical thinking and scientific analysis skills to take shape as students make connections between what has been learned and practiced in the hands-on lab and how this knowledge can be applied to a relevant, real-world context.
What's New in this Edition
  • There is a new lab on the scientific method (Lab 1).
  • Measurements and density have been divided into two separate labs (Labs 2 and 3).
  • A third reaction was added to the hydrocarbon lab (Lab 12).
  • The lab on acid-base extraction with replaced with a lab on titration (Lab 18).
  • A lab on proteins was added (Lab 21).
  • An analysis component was added to the lab on DNA extraction (Lab 23).
Table of contents
Laboratory Safety
Lab 1: Be Methodical: Think Like a Chemist
Lab 1 Intro Material
Lab 1 Procedure
Lab 1 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 1 Data and Observations
Lab 1 Reflective Exercises
Lab 2: It’s Significant: Laboratory Measurements and Units
Lab 2 Intro Material
Lab 2 Procedure
Lab 2 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 2 Data and Observations
Lab 2 Reflective Exercises
Lab 3: Be Precise: Density and Measurement Precision
Lab 3 Intro Material
Lab 3 Procedure
Lab 3 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 3 Data and Observations
Lab 3 Reflective Exercises
Lab 4: The More Things Change: Chemical and Physical Properties
Lab 4 Intro Material
Lab 4 Procedure
Lab 4 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 4 Data and Observations
Lab 4 Reflective Exercises
Lab 5: Counting Calories: Calorimetry and Specific Heat
Lab 5 Intro Material
Lab 5 Procedure
Lab 5 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 5 Data and Observations
Lab 5 Reflective Exercises
Lab 6: All in the Family: Elements and the Periodic Table
Lab 6 Intro Material
Lab 6 Procedure
Lab 6 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 6 Data and Observations
Lab 6 Reflective Exercises
Lab 7: Eat Your Wheaties: Nutritional Minerals in Cereal
Lab 7 Intro Material
Lab 7 Procedure
Lab 7 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 7 Data and Observations
Lab 7 Reflective Exercises
Lab 8: Puzzled?: Ionic and Covalent Bonding Patterns
Lab 8 Intro Material
Lab 8 Procedure
Lab 8 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 8 Data and Observations
Lab 8 Reflective Exercises
Lab 9: Tried and True: Formula of a Compound
Lab 9 Intro Material
Lab 9 Procedure
Lab 9 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 9 Data and Observations
Lab 9 Reflective Exercises
Lab 10: Don’t Lose Your Balance: Verification of Reaction Stoichiometry
Lab 10 Intro Material
Lab 10 Procedure
Lab 10 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 10 Data and Observations
Lab 10 Reflective Exercises
Lab 11: Lab Is Such a Headache: Synthesis of Aspirin
Lab 11 Intro Material
Lab 11 Procedure
Lab 11 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 11 Data and Observations
Lab 11 Reflective Exercises
Lab 12: Skeletons and Suffixes: Hydrocarbon Isomerism and Bond Reactivity
Lab 12 Intro Material
Lab 12 Procedure
Lab 12 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 12 Data and Observations
Lab 12 Reflective Exercises
Lab 13: How Sweet It Is: Structures of Carbohydrates
Lab 13 Intro Material
Lab 13 Procedure
Lab 13 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 13 Data and Observations
Lab 13 Reflective Exercises
Lab 14: Take Your Medicine: Thin Layer Chromatography of Analgesic Drugs
Lab 14 Intro Material
Lab 14 Procedure
Lab 14 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 14 Data and Observations
Lab 14 Reflective Exercises
Lab 15: A Lot of Hot Air: Simple Gas Laws in Action
Lab 15 Intro Material
Lab 15 Procedure
Lab 15 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 15 Data and Observations
Lab 15 Reflective Exercises
Lab 16: It’s No Problem: All About Solutions
Lab 16 Intro Material
Lab 16 Procedure
Lab 16 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 16 Data and Observations
Lab 16 Reflective Exercises
Lab 17: True Colors: Acids, Bases, Buffers, and pH Indicators
Lab 17 Intro Material
Lab 17 Procedure
Lab 17 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 17 Data and Observations
Lab 17 Reflective Exercises
Lab 18: Pretty in Pink: Titration of Vinegar
Lab 18 Intro Material
Lab 18 Procedure
Lab 18 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 18 Data and Observations
Lab 18 Reflective Exercises
Lab 19: Clean It Up: Formation and Evaluation of Soap
Lab 19 Intro Material
Lab 19 Procedure
Lab 19 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 19 Data and Observations
Lab 19 Reflective Exercises
Lab 20: Why It Does a Body Good: The Components of Milk
Lab 20 Intro Material
Lab 20 Procedure
Lab 20 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 20 Data and Observations
Lab 20 Reflective Exercises
Lab 21: The Blue-Green Protein: Denaturation of Phycocyanin
Lab 21 Intro Material
Lab 21 Procedure
Lab 21 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 21 Data and Observations
Lab 21 Reflective Exercises
Lab 22: Got Milk Sugar?: Lactase and Enzyme Activity
Lab 22 Intro Material
Lab 22 Procedure
Lab 22 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 22 Data and Observations
Lab 22 Reflective Exercises
Lab 23: Blueprint of a Strawberry: DNA Extraction
Lab 23 Intro Material
Lab 23 Procedure
Lab 23 Pre-Laboratory Exercise
Lab 23 Data and Observations
Lab 23 Reflective Exercises
About the Author

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.

Instructor Resources
  • An online instructor's manual contains answers to all of the exercises, supply ordering information, estimated lab completion times, and notes on how to run a safe and efficient lab.
  • The ExamView digital test bank includes hundreds of questions to help instructors build tests and quizzes that can either be printed or exported to commonly used learning management systems.
  • Images from the lab manual are provided electronically, intended for use in Powerpoint presentations.