The preparation of a laboratory manual integrating qualitative analysis with general chemistry


The purpose of this thesis was the preparation of a laboratory manual for first year college chemistry including an integration of qualitative analysis with general chemistry. This integration has been accomplished by the studying in one experiment, certain elements, compound, and anions (or cations) of a specific Group of the Periodic Table, and by correlation of several related experiments culminating in anion (or cation) analysis. A series of objectives, subdivided into broad and specific objectives, for this study were stated in Chapter I, Broad objective 1 is: "to stimulate an interest in general chemistry comparable to that inherent in qualitative analysis." The intrinsic interest of qualitative analysis comes from the unknown which the student must find. In this manual, therefore, an unknown was introduced wherever possible. Experiments 3, 7, 8, 10, 11, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, and 43, or 25 out of 44 experiments contain unknowns. Broad objective 2 is stated as follows: "to include all of the basic principles and techniques of both general chemistry and qualitative analysis." This objective was kept in view as the manual was written. The first section of the manual contains experiments fundamental to a course in general chemistry. The principles of qualitative analysis are studied in Experiments 25-30 as well as in Experiments 17-24 and 31-43. To use the unit method in the laboratory work integrating a number of related experiments into a related whole is the third broad objective. Sections II and III of the manual are two large units in which all the experiments are related to each other on some common ground.



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Physical and Mathematical Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry


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Chemistry, Laboratory manuals



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