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Experiments and Exercises in Basic Chemistry, 7th Edition

Steven Murov, Brian Stedjee

ISBN: 978-0-470-59786-6 August 2010 416 Pages


Taking an exploratory approach to chemistry, this hands-on lab manual for preparatory chemistry encourages critical thinking and allows students to make discoveries as they experiment.  The sequence of the experiments in the manual is designed to fit closely with the Eighth Edition of Basic Concepts of Chemistry, by Jack Malone and Ted Dolter.

A set of exercises provides students with additional opportunities to test their understanding of key concepts in introductory and prep chemistry courses.  Additional online exercises are available on the Web at

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Experiment 1    Introductory Concepts, Techniques, and Challenges
Experiment 2    Measurements
Experiment 3    Density
Experiment 4    Mixtures: Separation and Purification
Experiment 5    Melting Points
Experiment 6    Lewis Structures and Molecular Models
Experiment 7    Paper Chromatography
Experiment 8    Classification of Chemical Reactions
Experiment 9    Empirical Formula of Zinc Oxide
Experiment 10   Empirical Formula of a Hydrate
Experiment 11   Stoichiometry of a Reaction
Experiment 12   Enthalpies in Physical and Chemical Changes
Experiment 13   Chemical Properties of Oxygen and Hydrogen
Experiment 14   Gas Laws
Experiment 15   Distillation and Hardness of Water
Experiment 16   Ionic Reactions and Conductivity
Experiment 17   Analysis of Cations
Experiment 18   Spectroscopy
Experiment 19   Acidity and pH
Experiment 20   Synthesis
Experiment 21   Acid-Base Titrations
Experiment 22   Oxidation-Reduction
Experiment 23   Analysis of Bleach and Copper (II) Glycinate
Experiment 24   The Rates of Chemical Reactions
Experiment 25   Equilibrium Studies
Experiment 26   Molecular Models of Organic Compounds
Experiment 27   Carbohydrates


Exercise 1         Measurements: Scientific Notation, Significant Figures, Accuracy and Precision
Exercise 2         Unit Conversions, Density
Exercise 3         Element Names and Symbols
Exercise 4         Protons, Neutrons, Electrons and Isotopes
Exercise 5         Polyatomic Ions
Exercise 6         Formulas of Compounds
Exercise 7         Nomenclature of Compounds
Exercise 8         Electronic Structures and Lewis Structures of Atoms
Exercise 9         Bonding, Molecular Geometry, and Polarity
Exercise 10        Chemical Reactions: Balancing and Classification
Exercise 11        Double Replacement Reactions, Net Ionic Equations
Exercise 12        Formula Mass, Moles and Molecules
Exercise 13        Percent Composition, Empirical and Molecular Formulas
Exercise 14        Stoichiometry
Exercise 15        Gases and Gas Laws
Exercise 16        Concentration Calculations and Solution Stoichiometry
Exercise 17        Acids and Bases, pH
Exercise 18        Oxidation States and Redox Reactions
Exercise 19        Equilibirum Expressions, le Chatelier's Principle
Exercise 20        Nuclear Reactions
Exercise 21        Organic Chemistry
Exercise 22        Laboratory Terminology
Exercise 23        Laboratory Techniques


Appendix A      Solutions to Starred Prelaboratory Exercises
Appendix B       Common Ions by Charge
Appendix C      Solubility of Ionic Compounds

Webercises (available online at

Webercise 1       Significant Figures
Webercise 2       Properties of Elements
Webercise 3       Chemical Toxicity, Safety, and Uses
Webercise 4       Periodic Properties of the Elements
Webercise 5       Atmospheric Gases
Webercise 6       Chemists, Chemistry and Society

  • One of the main goals of the 7th edition has been to optimize the learning experience, and there has been a significant effort made to promote more preparation and stimulate thinking.
  • In this edition, the two sections on Learning Objectives and Text Concepts have been replaced by a single section that includes a list of the Concepts, Techniques, and Correlations included in the experiment.
  • The first Prelaboratory question of each experiment asks the student to list at least three learning goals for the experiment.  In addition, the last question of the Results and Discussion section asks the student to relist the learning goals and then to evaluate the success of the experiment towards achievement of the foals.
•     Internet exercises available on the Web.

•     Topics and approach emphasize the development of scientific literacy.

•     Written in a clear, easy-to-read style.

•     Numerous experiments to choose from cover all topics typically covered in prep chemistry courses.

•     Avoids the use of known carcinogens and toxic metal salts.

•     Chemical Capsules demonstrate the relevance and importance of chemistry.