Exploring General, Organic, & Biochemistry in the Laboratory

By William G. O'Neal  •  
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This full-color, comprehensive, affordable manual is appropriate for two-semester introductory chemistry courses. It is loaded with clearly written exercises, critical thinking questions, and full-color illustrations and photographs, providing ample visual support for experiment set up, technique, and results.

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Table of Contents
About the Author
Instructor Resources
  • 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.
Table of contents
Laboratory Safety
Chapter 1: Basic Skills and Techniques
Chapter 1 Intro Material
Topic 1.1 General Principles of Measurement
Topic 1.2 Mathematical Concepts: Calculations Involving Data
Topic 1.3 Measuring and Transferring Chemicals
Topic 1.4 Heating and Cooling Methods Used in the Lab
Topic 1.5 Filtration and Centrifugation Methods Used in the Lab
Topic 1.6 Boiling Point Measurement
Topic 1.7 Melting Point Measurement
Chapter 2: Exploring Matter
Chapter 2 Intro Material
Lab 2.1 Be Skeptical: Think Like a Scientist
Lab 2.2 Finding Your Confidence: Laboratory Tools and Measurements
Lab 2.3 The More Things Change: Chemical and Physical Properties
Lab 2.4 Be Precise: Density and Measurement Precision
Chapter 3: Atoms, Elements, and Compounds
Chapter 3 Intro Material
Lab 3.1 All in the Family: Elements and the Periodic Table
Lab 3.2 Eat Your Wheaties: Nutritional Minerals in Cereal
Lab 3.3 That's Intense: Measuring Serum Iron Concentration
Lab 3.4 Puzzle It Out: Ionic Bonding (Includes Puzzle Pieces)
Lab 3.5 Learning to Share: Covalent Bonding
Chapter 4: Chemical Changes and Energy
Chapter 4 Intro Material
Lab 4.1 Tried and True: Formula of a Compound
Lab 4.2 Don't Lose Your Balance: Verification of Reaction Stoichiometry
Lab 4.3 Know Your Limits: Effect of Limiting Reagents in Stoichiometry
Lab 4.4 Make It Clear: Redox Titration of Povidone-Iodine
Lab 4.5 Moving Mountains: Reaction Rates and Equilibrium Systems
Chapter 5: Matter and Solutions
Chapter 5 Intro Material
Lab 5.1 A Lot of Hot Air: Simple Gas Laws in Action
Lab 5.2 Counting Calories: Calorimetry and Specific Heat
Lab 5.3 Like It or Not: Intermolecular Forces in Action
Lab 5.4 Take Your Medicine: Thin Layer Chromatography of Analgesic Drugs
Lab 5.5 It's No Problem: All About Solutions
Lab 5.6 Breaking Barriers: Osmosis and Dialysis
Chapter 6: Acids and Bases
Chapter 6 Intro Material
Lab 6.1 Breaking Up: Acid-Base Extraction
Lab 6.2 True Colors: pH Indicators
Lab 6.3 Pretty in Pink: Titration of Vinegar
Lab 6.4 The Buffer Zone: Neutralization Reactions and Buffers
Chapter 7: Organic Molecules
Chapter 7 Intro Material
Lab 7.1 Skeletons and Suffixes: Hydrocarbon Reactivity
Lab 7.2 Classifying Twins: Molecular Modeling and Isomerism
Lab 7.3 Mystery in a Bottle: Qualitative Analysis of Functional Groups
Lab 7.4 Lab Is Such a Headache: Synthesis of Aspirin
Lab 7.5 Mirror, Mirror: Chiral Carbons
Chapter 8: Biomolecules
Chapter 8 Intro Material
Lab 8.1 Let's Chew the Fat: Analysis of Lipids
Lab 8.2 Clean It Up: Formation and Evaluation of Soap
Lab 8.3 How Sweet It Is: Structures of Carbohydrates
Lab 8.4 Molecular Snippers: Hydrolysis of Carbohydrates
Lab 8.5 The Blue-Green Protein: Denaturation of Phycocyanin
Lab 8.6 Got Milk Sugar?: Lactase and Enzyme Activity
Lab 8.7 Why It Does a Body Good: The Components of Milk
Lab 8.8 Blueprint of a Strawberry: DNA Extraction
Lab 8.9 Don't Hold Your Breath: Biological Energy Production
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.