A laboratory is a room or building specially designed for conducting various scientific experiments. An appropriate school laboratory has the following features:
- a room with enough space for carrying out scientific experiments;
- a store for keeping laboratory apparatus, chemicals and reagents;
- an office for laboratory technician to sit in and design scientific experiments;
- enough ventilation to let in fresh air and light;
- wide doors and several exits for emergency evacuation in case of an accident; and
- a wide table in front of the laboratory room, fitted with sinks for experiment demonstrations by the teacher or technician.
The following are some important laboratory rules:
- Do not enter the laboratory without permission from your teacher or laboratory technician.
- Wear safety goggles all the time while in the laboratory. Obey this rule whether you are actually working on an experiment or simply writing in your laboratory notebook.
- Contact lenses are not allowed. Even when worn under safety goggles, various fumes may accumulate under the lens and cause serious injuries or blindness.
- Put on closed shoes and trousers when in the laboratory. Sandals and shots are strictly prohibited.
- Never walk or run unnecessarily in the laboratory.
- Tie back long hair when using open flames.
- Eating, drinking, and smoking are strictly prohibited in the laboratory.
- Don’t perform any experiment not authorized by your teacher or lab technician. If you are curious about trying a procedure not covered in the experimental procedure, consult your teacher or laboratory technician.
- Never taste anything. Never directly smell the source of any vapour or gas; instead drift a small sample to your nose. Do not inhale this vapour directly but take in only enough to detect an odour if one exists.
- Always wash your hands after experiments.
- Never use your hands to transfer chemicals. Use a spatula instead.
- Notify your teacher or technician immediately in case of an accident
- Know what chemicals you are using, carefully read the label twice before taking anything from the reagent bottle. Do not interchange labels.
- Excess reagents are never to be returned to stock bottles. If you take too much, dispose of the excess.
- Many common reagents, for example, alcohol, acetone and carbon disulphide are highly flammable. Do not use them anywhere near open flames.
- Pour more concentrated solutions into less concentrated solutions to avoid violent reactions. For example, always add acid to water; not water to acid. If you pour water into acid instead, the heat of reaction will cause the water to explode into steam, sometimes violently, and the acid will splash.
- If chemicals accidentally splash onto your skin or eyes, flush immediately with plentiful amounts of water and report to your teacher or lab technician.
- Never point a test tube or vessel that you are heating at yourself or your colleague.
- Dispose of chemicals properly. Unless you are told otherwise, assume that only water may be poured in the laboratory sinks.
- When an experiment is completed, always clean up your work area and dispose of the broken glass properly. Return all equipment to its proper storage places.
- Never take away anything from the laboratory without your teacher’s permission.
- Beware of hot glass because it looks exactly the same as a cold glass. Never touch it with your hand.
- Always adjust the Bunsen burner to give a luminous flame when not using it (or just simply turn it off).
- Use equipment or apparatus only for its designated use.
- Never eat or drink from laboratory glassware.
- Make sure all the burners are turned off before leaving the laboratory. Check that the gas tap is off as well.
- Never heat a liquid in a closed container. The expanding gases produced may blow the container apart, injuring you or others.
- Use only those chemicals needed in the activity. Keep all lids closed when a chemical is not used.
- Do not use the same spatula to remove chemicals from two different containers. Each container should have a different spatula.
- Replace all stoppers, covers and caps as soon as you finish using it. Be careful not to exchange stoppers from two different containers.
- When heating glassware, use wire gauze or ceramic screen. This will protect glassware from the flame of a Bunsen burner.
- Never use broken or chipped glassware. If glassware breaks, inform your teacher and dispose of glassware in the litter bin.
- Keep all windows open for proper ventilation.
- When carrying out the experiment where you expect harmful gases to be produced, use the fume chamber. The fume chamber helps to disperse hazardous gases and vapours safely.
- Use a lighter or wooden splint to light burners. Do not use papers. Always strike the match before turning on the gas supply.
- In case of a gas leakage, turn off the gas tap and open the windows. Leave the room immediately.
- Do not touch any electrical equipment with wet hands. 36. Turn off any gas or water taps that are not in use.
The Safety Measures for a Chemistry Laboratory
The following are important laboratory safety measures to obey:
- Label and lock all storage areas, cupboards, drawers, storage cabinets, refrigerators, etc. Locking will prevent accidental contact with chemicals or interference with equipment.
- Be familiar with the location, use and limitations of the safety devices. This includes fire extinguishers, fire blankets, fume hood, spill cleanup materials, first aid kit, eyewash stations and fire alarm.
- Keep all chemicals in properly labelled containers. This will prevent accidental use of the wrong chemical for a particular experiment.
- Be familiar with the appropriate safety measures to take when exposed to different hazardous materials. Information is available from your teacher or laboratory technician.
- All chemicals that react with each other must be stored separately.
- Be aware of the interaction of laboratory furniture and equipment with chemicals used or stored in the laboratory. For example, oxidizers should not be stored directly on wooden shelves.
- Use fume hoods/cupboards/chambers whenever possible.
- Never store food in a refrigerator or freezer where hazardous chemicals are stored. Also, do not eat anything you find in the laboratory or in the laboratory freezer or refrigerator.
- Make sure fire extinguishers are in good condition. Report any broken seals, damage, low gauge pressure or improper mounting to the teacher or laboratory technician. If the seal has been broken, assume that the fire extinguisher has been used and must be recharged. (Note: Do not use fire extinguishers unless you are trained and feel confident to do so).
- Stored chemicals must be inspected regularly to ensure they have not expired. Note the date when bottles were received and when were first opened. Note expiry dates on chemicals and their special storage conditions.
- Eliminate safety hazards by maintaining laboratory work areas in a good state of order.
- The laboratory must have wide emergency exits and wide windows. Wide exits facilitate easy evacuation in case of emergency. Wide windows allow enough air to enter and circulate in the laboratory. (Note: Maintain at least two clear passages to laboratory exits).
- Always keep tables, seats, fume hoods, floors and desks clear of unnecessary material.
- All equipment should be inspected before use. In addition, they should be checked regularly to ensure they are safe for use.
- If experiments must be left unattended, place a note next to experimental apparatus indicating the chemicals involved, your name and telephone number on which you can be reached in case of an emergency.
- Keep the laboratory floor clean and dry at all times. Clean spills of water or chemicals immediately. Then notify other laboratory workers of potential slipping hazards.
- The laboratory must be equipped with potable fire extinguishers and other safety devices with clear instructions on how to use them in case of any emergency.
- Containers for holding or storing chemicals must be inspected for leakages or other damages. They should have tight stoppers or covers.
- All experimenters and other persons working in the laboratory should wear protective gears to minimize exposure to hazards. These gears may include lab coats, hand gloves, gumboots, safety goggles, aprons, etc.
- There should be a manual or instruction guides on how to treat spills of different chemical substances.
- The fume chamber should be labeled. It should be kept in good condition to minimize unexpected gas leakages or emissions.
- Gas cylinders should be labeled, stored properly, and supported. Moreover, they should be in good working conditions all the time.
- Each laboratory should be equipped with adequate first aid kits.
- Equipment for monitoring contamination should be installed to give alerts of any possible dangers.
First aid and first aid kit
Whenever an accident occurs, something must be done immediately to help and save life of the victim. You must always be ready to give a hand to a victim whenever an accident occurs close to you. To give aid effectively and successfully, one must have elementary knowledge on how to assist different victims. If you do not know how to help a certain victim, you can ask someone to assist instead. Do not engage yourself in assisting if you actually do not know where to start. You may find yourself worsening the situation of the victim unknowingly. However, this should not be taken as an excuse for failing to help. Always be ready to render some kind of help. First aid helps to:
- relieve pain and bring hope to the victim.
- prevent permanent disability
- prevent the victim’s condition from getting worse
- reduce the possibility of death.
- shorten recovery time
- Failure to follow the correct experimental procedures for example, pouring water into an acid instead of pouring an acid into water as the rule is.
- Neglecting some laboratories rules such as ignoring to wear protective gears, tasting the chemicals, eating or drinking while in the laboratory, etc.
- Failure to adhere to proper conduct in the laboratory like running unnecessarily and conducting experiments without your teacher’s or technician’s permission and guidance.
- Improper use or handling of laboratory equipment and apparatus when conducting experiments, which could lead to breakage and in turn cause cuts, bruises, grazes, etc.
- A slippery laboratory floor which can cause fractures, cuts, bruises, grazes, etc
- Accidental spillage of chemicals on body parts such as hands, face, eyes, etc, could lead to burns and damage.
- Poor ventilation in the laboratory may cause suffocation (due to inadequate oxygen supply) and poisoning (by inhaling poisonous gases produced when experimenting).
- Improper disposal of chemical wastes may result in explosions, burns or even fires.
- The leaking of gases from taps or cylinders may cause fires or even explosions.
- Use of wrong reagents due to incorrect labeling of chemicals or use of reagents or chemicals that have expired may cause burns, poisoning or damage to apparatus or equipment.
- Inadequate prior information or knowledge on procedures and hazards associated with certain practical activities or reactants may result in burns, poisoning or explosions.
- Loose or improperly plugged electrical appliances may cause electric shock, especially when touched with wet hands and during fixing of sockets.
First aid kit and its contents
|First aid manual||Contains guidelines on how to use the items in the first aid kit|
|Sterile gloves||Worn on hands when attending bleeding cuts or wounds to avoid infecting wounds and to prevent direct contact with the victim’s body fluids|
|Sterile dressing||Stops bleeding|
|Antiseptic agent||Cleaning and disinfection of wounds, cuts, bruises, grazes or blisters|
|Soap||Washing hands, wounds and equipment|
|Antibiotic ointment||Prevents infection on cuts and bruises in or near the eye|
|Burn ointment||Applied on burns to prevent infection|
|Petroleum jelly||Soothing broken skin|
|Plaster or adhesive bandage||Covering small wounds or cuts|
|Sterile gauze||Covering wounds to protect them from dirt or germs|
|Eye wash solution||Flushing the eyes or as a general decontaminant|
|Thermometer||Recording body temperature|
|Antibiotic towelettes or cotton wool||Cleaning and drying cuts and wounds|
|Iodine tincture||Dressing fresh cuts and bruises|
|Pain relieving drugs such as aspirin, paracetamol, panadol, etc||Relieving mild pains|
|Liniment||Reducing muscle pain|
|Mild antibiotics||Treating mild bacterial infections on the skin, ear, nose and mouth|
|Gentian violet solution||Applied on minor wounds and treatment of serious heat wounds|
|Hydrogen peroxide solution||Cleaning wounds|
|Methylated spirit (70% alcohol)||Cleaning cuts and bruises|
|Bandages||Dressing wounds and cuts, and immobilizing injured limbs|
|Scissors or razor blade||Cutting dressing materials|
|Dental kit||Treatment of broken teeth, loss of crown or filling|
|Safety pins (small and big)||Splinter removal and securing triangular bandage slings|
|Tweezers||Splinter or stinger removal|
|Resealable oven bag||Container for contaminated articles|
|Moleskin||Applied to blisters or hot spots|
|Triangular bandage||Used as a sling, towel or tourniquet|
|Boiled, clean water||Washing hands and drinking|
|Nasal spray decongestant||Nasal congestion from colds or allergies|
|Torch||Source of light|
|Whistle||Blown to call for help|
- Bruised, swollen, tender or rigid abdomen
- Bruises on chest, neck, legs or signs of fractured ribs
- Vomiting or coughing up blood.
- Wounds that have penetrated the skull, chest or abdomen
- Bleeding from body cavities such as the ears, nose, rectum or vagina
- Abdominal pulse and difficulty breathing
- Cool, moist skin
- First aid in the field for internal bleeding is limited. If the injury appears to be a simple bruise, apply cold packs to slow down the bleeding, relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- If you suspect more severe internal bleeding, carefully monitor the patient. Be prepared to administer CPR if required (and you are trained to do so).
- Seek medical advice immediately if the situation seems to be worse.
- Severe bleeding with blood oozing out rapidly must be stopped at once. This can be done by applying direct pressure to the wound. Use a dressing if available. If it is not available, use a rag, towel, piece of clothing or your fingers alone. If the wound is large, press the edges of the wound together but firmly. However, this should be done only if there is no fracture.
- Lay the victim down in a comfortable position.
- If the wound is on a limb, and provided it is not fractured, raise the wound above the level of the heart. Then continue to apply direct pressure. This should be done only if bleeding continues and if it does not cause pain.
- If bleeding still cannot be controlled, the next step is to apply pressure at a pressure point. For wounds of the arms or hands, pressure points are located on the inside of the wrist (radial artery-where a pulse is checked) or on the inside of the upper arm (brachial artery). For wounds of the legs, the pressure point is at the crease in the groin (femoral artery).
- When bleeding stops, clean the wound carefully and thoroughly with a suitable disinfectant. Do not remove any objects stuck in the wound, as this would lead to more bleeding.
- Place sterile gauze on the wound and press it down firmly. Cover it with a soft material and hold it in position using a firm bandage. After the bandage is in place, it is important to check the pulse to make sure blood circulation is not interrupted. A slow pulse rate, or bluish fingertips or toes signal a bandage may be hindering blood circulation.
- Seek medical help immediately.
- Place the victim in a comfortable resting position.
- Elevate the injured part while applying pressure. This should be done only if the wound is on a limb and you do not suspect a fracture.
- Gently and thoroughly clean the wound using water and antiseptic or common salt solution.
- Cover the wound with sterile gauze or clean dressing dipped in iodine solution.
- Dress and bandage the wound
- Take the victim to hospital if bleeding still continues.
- Let the victim sit calmly. This makes the heartbeat to slow down and hence reduce bleeding.
- Loosen clothing around the neck and chest.
- Let the victim sit upright and lean the head forward slightly. By remaining upright, the victim reduces the blood pressure in the veins of his or her nose. This discourages further bleeding. Leaning forward will help the victim avoid swallowing blood, which can irritate his or her stomach.
- Have the victim pinch his or her nose, to keep nostrils shut, using thumb and index finger. Ask the victim to breath through the mouth. Let him or her continue pinching for a few minutes.
- Apply cold, wet compression over the nose, face and at the back of the victim’s neck.
- When bleeding stops, gently clean the nostrils.
- If bleeding does not stop after 20 minutes, take the victim to the hospital immediately.
- To prevent re-bleeding after bleeding has stopped:
- Ask the victim not to pick or blow the nose and not to bend down until several hours after bleeding.
- Let the victim keep his/her head higher than the level of his/her heart.
- If re-bleeding occurs:
- Ask the victim to blow out forcefully to clear the nose of blood clots. Spray both sides of the nose with decongestant nasal spray.
- Pinch the nose as described above and seek medical help.
- Remove the cause of suffocation or remove the victim from the cause of suffocation. Loosen tight clothing around the neck.
- Make sure the victim’s airway is open for air to reach the lungs. This can be achieved by laying the victim on his or her back. Then, with one hand on the victim’s forehead and the other on the chin, tilt the head backwards, to open the airway. Tilt the head until the chin points straight upwards. If the airway is blocked by fluid or solid, remove it.
- Administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This involves blowing air into the victim’s mouth (mouth-to-mouth breathing). To do this, pinch the nose and close up the mouth. Take a deep breath and then blow hard into the victim’s mouth. Watch the rise in chest and repeat the procedure until the victim’s breathing is restored. In case the person does not respond, go for chest compressions.
- Compressions can be done by placing the palm of one hand in the space between the nipples and the other hand over it and pushing the chest by using your upper body weight. Care should be taken to prevent chest injury or fracture. Two compressions can be given every second or hundred per minute. After thirty compressions, go for mouth breathing again. Repeat the procedure until natural breathing is restored.
- Keep the casualty warm using a light blanket.
- Take the casualty to the hospital immediately.
- Ask the victim to cough up the object.
- If the object remains stuck, give firm but gentle taps between the shoulder plates.
- If the object is still stuck, apply quick abdominal thrusts i.e. Heimlich manoeuvre as follows:
- Stand behind the victim and make him or her lean forward slightly.
- Put your arms around the person, placing your fist just below the breastbone. Grasp your fist with the other hand near the top of the victim’s stomach.
- Press your fist onto the victim’s abdomen. Give a series of quick, sharp upward and inward thrusts to dislodge the object.
- Call for medical help immediately if the person shows one or some of the following signs: drowsy or unconscious; having difficulty breathing or has stopped breathing; uncontrollably restless or agitated.
- For the time being, find out what caused the poisoning, i.e. look for the poison and identify it.
- If the person has been exposed to poisonous fumes such as carbon monoxide, get him or her to where there is fresh air immediately.
- If the poison is in the eye:
- Wash the eye with a lot of clean water.
- Ask the victim to blink as much as possible.
- Do not rub the eye.
- If the person swallowed the poison:
- Remove anything remaining in the mouth
- Induce vomiting if the poison is not strong acid or alkali as these are corrosive substances. Non- corrosive substances include medicines and soaps. Vomiting can be induced by inserting your finger in the victim’s throat until the finger touches the epiglottis.
- Do not induce vomiting if the poison swallowed is corrosive. Corrosive substances include kerosene, bleach, detergent, laboratory acid, disinfectant or certain toiletries. If the suspected poison is a household cleaner or other chemical, read the label and follow instructions for handling accidental poisoning.
- Neutralize the poison by giving the victim plenty of milk to drink, an egg white or water.
- If the poison is on the skin:
- Remove any clothing from the affected part.
- Wash the affected area thoroughly with a lot of water.
- Do not apply any ointment.
- Make sure the person is breathing. If not, start rescue breathing and CPR.
- The skin becomes cool and moist. The skin, lips and fingernails may appear pale or grey.
- The pulse rate is weak and rapid. Breathing may be slow and shallow.
- The limbs may tremble and get weak.
- The eyes lack lustre and may seem to stare. Sometimes the pupils are dilated.
- As the shock develops, the victim may experience nausea and even vomiting. Eventually he or she may become restless, nervous, aggressive and finally conscious or unconscious. If conscious, the person may feel faint or be very weak or confused.
- Control any cause of shock such as bleeding, etc.
- Lay the person down with his or her feet higher than his or her head (shock position).
- Loosen tight clothing, laces, belts and shoes.
- Turn the person on his or her side to prevent choking if the person vomits or bleeds from the mouth.
- Keep the person warm and comfortable if he/she feels cold. Cover the victim with a blanket or any heavy clothing.
- Seek treatment for injuries such as bleeding or broken bones.
- Administer CPR if the person does not appear to breath well, cough or even move.
- Seek medical help immediately.
- Switch off the main switch immediately if possible.
- If not possible to put off the switch, detach the casualty from the source of electricity using a non-conducting object such as a dry wooden stick, cardboard, plastic or rope.
- Loosen any tight clothing, necklaces, bangles, etc.
- If the person is unconscious, apply mouth-to-mouth respiration (CPR) immediately.
- Treat for shock, burns, bruises or other injuries the victim may have sustained. Lay the victim down, and if possible, position the head slightly lower than the trunk, with the legs elevated (shock position).
- Take the person to the hospital immediately.
- Do not touch the person with your bare hands if he or she is still in contact with the electric current.
- Do not get near high-voltage electricity until power is turned off. Instead, call for help immediately.
- Do not move a person with an electrical injury unless the person is in immediate danger.
- Wash the bruised part of the body.
- Apply a cold compress, such as a cloth dipped in cold water or ice wrapped in a cloth, to the injury. This helps reduce pain, swelling, and speeds up recovery.
- If the bruise is on a limb such as arm or leg and it covers a large area, keep the limb elevated as much as possible for the past 24 hours.
- After 48 hours, apply a cloth dipped in tepid water to the bruise for about 10 minutes, three times a day. This will help increase blood flow to the affected area and thus speed up healing.
- Allergic reactions
- Diseases e.g. malaria
- Physiological condition e.g. pregnancy
- Food poisoning
- Unpleasant smell or taste
- Drinking contaminated water.
- Inhaling poisonous fumes
- Give the victim an oral rehydration drink or oral rehydration salt solution. You may also provide a lot of any clear fluids.
- Allow the person to have a complete rest.
- Take the victim to hospital if:
- Vomiting continues persistently.
- The victim vomits blood.
- The victim experiences high fever.
- The victim is very dehydrated. This will be observed when the mouth and skin become very dry.
- Loosen or remove any tight clothing from the victim.
- Make the victim lie down on his or her back.
- Raise the legs of the victim (shock position) above the level of his or her head. This will increase the flow of blood to the brain.
- Make sure the victim is exposed to plentiful supply of fresh air.
- If there is no improvement in a few minutes, rush the victim to the hospital
- A sharp, sudden and painful spasm, or tightening of a muscle (especially common in the legs).
- Muscle hardness
- Twitching of the muscle
- Persistent cramping pains in the lower abdominal muscles.
- Imbalance in certain minerals, body fluids, hormones, and chemicals that allow stretching and contracting of our muscles.
- Malfunctioning in the nervous system.
- Excessive physical activity and hormonal imbalances cause us to sweat. This brings about the loss of many essential minerals, such as potassium and calcium, which our body muscles need.
- Lay the victim down
- Gently massage and stretch out the cramped muscle(s).
- Apply some anti-cramp ointment to the affected area
- If the problem persists, seek medical help immediately.
- Give the affected person a polythene bag and encourage him/her to re-breath her own expelled air.
- Ask the person to drink a glass of cold water quickly.
- Tell the victim to hold his/her breath for as long as possible.
- Ask the victim to pull on his/her tongue.
- The victim may swallow finely crushed ice.
- Children can be given a teaspoonful of a weak solution of sodium bicarbonate or lemon juice.
- Place one teaspoonful of dry sugar or honey on the back of the victim’s tongue. (You can repeat this process 3 times at 2-minute intervals)
Basic chemistry laboratory apparatus and their uses
- apparatus for holding things e.g. test-tube holder, retort stand and clamp, test-tube rack, tongs and tweezers;
- apparatus for taking measurements e.g. thermometer, burette, pipette, measuring cylinder, measuring flask, beam balance, electronic balance, common balance, measuring syringe, beaker and stop watch;
- apparatus for heating substances e.g. boiling tube, pipeclay triangle, crucible and lid, wire gauze, deflagrating (combustion) spoon, Bunsen burner, spirit lamp, tripod stand, evaporating dish, wire gauze and stove;
- apparatus for doing chemical reactions (or testing) e.g. beaker, test tube, dropper, flask, watch glass, gas jar and thistle funnel;
- apparatus for filtering e.g. filter funnel, filter paper and cotton wool;
- apparatus for grinding e.g. mortar and pestle;
- apparatus for storage e.g. reagent bottles and wash bottle;
- apparatus for scooping e.g. spatula; and
- apparatus for safety e.g. goggles and hand gloves.
|1.||Test tube||Glass||Holding chemicals or, heating substances|
|2.||Funnel||Glass or plastic||Leading liquids into containers, and for filtration purposes|
|3.||Beaker||Glass or plastic||Holding, heating, and mixing liquids|
|4.||Flask||Glass||Holding, heating, and titrations|
|5.||Retort stand||Metal (iron)||Holding apparatus during heating|
|6.||Tripod stand||Metal (iron)||Holding apparatus during experiments|
|7.||Gas jar||Glass||Gas collection|
|9||Crucible||Ceramic or non-reactive metal||Heating|
|10||Test tube holder||Metal and plastic or wood||Holding test tubes while heating|
|11.||Weighing balance||Metal and plastic||Measuring weight (or mass)|
|12.||Spatula||Metal||Scooping small quantities of powder or crystalline chemicals|
|13.||Condenser||Glass||Cooling hot liquids|
|14.||Pipette||Glass||Accurate measurement of specific volumes of liquids for titrations|
|16.||Trough||Glass||Assists in gas collection|
|17.||Tongs||Metal||Picking and holding hot substances and apparatus|
|18.||Measuring jar||Glass||Measuring volumes of liquids|
|19.||Thistle funnel||Glass||Leading liquids into containers and apparatus|
|20.||Dropper||Glass and rubber||Dropping indicators into reagents|
|21.||Mortar and pestle||Clay||Crushing or grinding substances|
|22.||Wire gauze||Metal||Even distribution of heat during heating|
|23.||Spring balance||Metal||Measuring weight|
|25.||Combustion spoon||Metal||Burning powder in jars|
|26.||Thermometer||Glass and liquid metal||Measuring temperature|
|27.||Delivery tube||Glass||Allowing gases pass through|
|28.||Bunsen burner||Metal||Heating substances|
|29.||Separating funnel||Glass||Separation of immiscible liquid mixtures|
|30.||Measuring cylinder||Glass or plastic||Measuring volumes of liquids|
|31.||Measuring syringe||Plastic||Sucking in and measuring specific volumes of liquids|
|32.||Stopwatch||Plastic or glass and metal||Accurate measurement of time|
|33.||Watch glass||Glass||Used as a surface to evaporate some liquids, to hold substances being weighed or observed, or as a cover for a beaker|
|34.||Boiling tube||Glass||Is a large test tube used to heat substances requiring strong heating, or when the sample is too large for a test tube|
|35.||Evaporating dish||Ceramic||Heating and evaporating liquids and solutions|
|37.||Test tube rack||Wood or plastic||Placing test tubes|
|38.||Reagent bottle||Glass||Storing different chemicals|
|39.||Wash bottle||Plastic||Storing distilled water|
|40.||Safety goggles||Glass||Protecting eyes from chemical spills, strong light and harmful vapours|
|41.||Bell jar||Glass||Keeping gases, moisture, air, etc. or creating vacuums|
- Pour some water into a graduated measuring cylinder with a capacity of 100 cm3. Add the water, one drop at time, up to a 25-cm3 mark.
- While adding water, position yourself at eye-level with the mark on the cylinder. This will enable you to obtain the most accurate measurement. To simplify the work of reading the level of the water, you may use coloured water.
- Select a volumetric flask measuring 50 cm3. Pour the water into the flask until it reaches the mark on the flask’s neck.
- Position yourself at eye-level with the mark. You will obtain the most accurate reading when the mark appears straight rather than elliptical. To obtain this, put a flask on a flat table.
- Add water one drop at a time. Do so until the bottom of the curved surface of the water exactly matches the mark on the flask.
- Put an empty watch glass on the weighing balance. Note down its mass. Record this as mass M1.
- Place the various items you have on the watch glass, one item at a time. Note down the mass. Record this as M2.