CHM 110 - Chemicals Needed for Home Laboratories

Items provided in the equipment baggie from Dr. Ophardt

several pipets or eye droppers
Wide range pH paper
Acid Rain text kit with narrow range pH paper.
Several types of "packing popcorn"
Items useful for almost all of the labs that you need to provide:

Very small cups
Larger clear Plastic Cups
Styrofoam Coffee Cups
Various measuring devices such as a set of spoons and various fractions or larger cups.
Laboratory #1

Very small cups
Larger clear plastic cups
Mineral oil or vegetable oil

Table 1. Compound Name, Formula, Source of Compound
"Pure" Compounds: Sodium chloride, NaCl, Plain table salt
Sodium bicarbonate, NaHCO3, Baking soda
Sodium carbonate, Na2CO3, Washing Soda Detergent e.g. Arm & Hammer
Calcium carbonate, CaCO3, Calcium supplement tablets (TUMS)
Sodium Aluminum dihydroxide carbonate, NaAl(OH)2CO3, ROLAIDS
Epsum Salt, MgSO4, Magnesium sulfate
Mixtures: Baking Powder
Any solid detergent
Any solid antacid


Laboratory # 2

Thermometer (from equipment baggie)
Table knife or metal spatula
Porcelain coffee cup
Candle (from equipment baggie)
Laboratory # 3  For the optional experiment

Bright Sunny day and Sunny Window Shelf
or large lamp or heat lamp
Clear Plastic Cups
Food Color dyes
One or two quart Jars
Aluminum Foil
White or Black Paper
Laboratory # 4

Two types of pH Paper (from equipment baggie)
Various Household Products - The assignment is to test 8-10 different substances. Vinegar, ammonia, window cleaner, lemon juice, various detergents, oven cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner, baking soda, baking powder, stomach antacids, Alka Seltzer, etc.

Collect Water Samples such as: Rain or snow or other natural waters in streams, ponds, lake, etc.

TUM tablets (unflavored)



Laboratory # 5

Food color dye
Small cups
Clear larger cups
Glass jar 1-2 cup capacity
Glass jar 2-3 cup capacity
Laboratory # 6

Collect various types and examples of plastic items.

Plastic Garbage bag
Glass or Porcelain Cups (Acetone will dissolve styrofoam cups as you will see)
Rubbing Alcohol
Saturated Salt water solution