Introduction to Chemistry

Chat times for Summer 2017
Wednesday 11:00am-12:30pm ET/8:00a-9:30am PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

Course Materials Under Revision for 2017-2018

Lab Equipment Required

Experiments for this course

Lab assignments for this course are not optional — they are the point of the course! Students perform one major lab exercise each week and need to set aside a regular time for completing their lab work and writing up their reports.

Lab Permission Forms

For safety reasons, both you and your parents must read the safety procedures before starting the lab sequence. Parents of minor students must sign and send a copy of the lab permission letter to me before I can accept any lab reports from their student.

Lab Equipment

Most labs will require the use of one or more of the following items. Optional items for some labs are listed in italics. [This list is not yet complete.]

  • cookie sheet or aluminum foil to protect working surface from wax drips
  • one parafin taper or votive candle
  • one beeswax candle
  • one oil lamp (decorative) or alcohol lamp (may come as part of a chemistry set)
  • strong flashlight, slide projector, or direct sunlight
  • white paper screen
  • A short candle with a good wick.
  • A deep pan or bowl in which you can put at least a quart of water.
  • A heat proof jar (such as a canning jar) or chemical beaker.
  • Matches
  • A wax marker like a crayon OR tape which will stick to glass, and on which you can write
  • A liquid measure, graduated to as much accuracy as possible (a cup measure will do, a graduated cylindar is better).
  • large heat-proof glass jars (canning jars), or pyrex or kimex chemistry beakers
  • glass or metal funnels (2 if possible)
  • heat-proof small jars (such as olive jars or spice jars), or test tubes
  • insulated copper wire (bell wire, for example)
  • 6 Volt battery, or two C or D cells, taped together
  • 2 feet of rubber tubing (available at the hardware store)
  • heat proof glass tubing (try using GLASS eyedroppers, if available)
  • lime (CaO)

Students who wish to conduct labs for AP credit in the academic year course should review the AP Chemistry course laboratory requirements and textbook information for the equipment, materials, and manuals required for that course and notify the instructor of their intent to work on AP labs.


Non-AP labs require only household equipment. If you want to pursue more exotic experiments with your candles, you may also want to check my growing list of mail order suppliers.