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Offline KingofSpades

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"Beginner" experiments
« on: April 07, 2011, 07:12:26 PM »
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My level of knowledge is probably between secondary school and university. My experience thus far has been wholly theoretical, to suit the exams I've sat. I would now like to perform experiments in the home/garden/garage. I will be able to purchase most things that are legally purchasable and within the limits of a students budget ie. small quantities of chemicals and basic glassware; could somebody suggest me some experiments that you think would be suited to my level and budget. thanks!

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Re: "Beginner" experiments
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2011, 08:54:54 PM »
Well, assuming, like you said, that you saw http://www.chemicalforums.com/index.php?topic=33177.0 already
then...
Try making something useful. You'll be more likely to pursue your interests if you make something you actually use.
-Like making Sodium Hypochlorite (don't try and make it pure....things will not end well for you)
-Practice distilling by making essential oils (Lavender and orange oil is easy)
-Make biodiesel.

My roommate and I played this game once where you start with a few cheap salts, H2SO4, HCL, NaOH, and whatever junk was in the cleaning closet. Then we tried to see what  the most complicated molecule we could make was.

-Glassware is cheap on ebay. That's where I got most of my stuff.

Oh and keep these forums bookmarked. There's always something going on here.

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Re: "Beginner" experiments
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2011, 08:34:54 PM »
I like this web site

http://www.cavemanchemistry.com/

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