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Chemical History of the Candle

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11:00a-12:30p ET/8:00a-9:30a PT

Dr. Christe Ann McMenomy

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Performing Experiements on the Chemical History of the Candle

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. Please take this into consideration if your student is planning other activities, such as a travel or summer camp, which may make performing experiments on a regular basis impossible.

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.]

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.