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    • Laboratory Equipment Guide

      This laboratory equipment guide explains common items used and found in a lab.

      Guide Contents:
      • 1. Safey Equipment
      • 2. Working with Chemicals
      • 3. Burners, Alcohol Lamps, Hot Plate
      • 4. Ring Stand Equipment
      • 5. Glassware Equipment
      • 6. Balances & Scales
      • 7. Measurement
      • 8. Distillation, Filtration, Separatory Funnels
      • 9. Tubing, Stoppers
      • 10. Laboratory Microscopes
      • 11. Compound Microscopes
      • 12. Chemistry & Laboratory Kits

       

       

      1. SAFETY EQUIPMENT

      safety equipment   Working with chemistry, laboratory equipment, and chemicals can be dangerous; protect yourself with the appropriate protective gear. Always work, explore, and think safely.

      2. WORKING WITH CHEMICALS

      chemicals   Working and exploring in the field of science often includes working with and handling chemicals. Use tools and best practices to measure and handle chemicals appropriately; and always remember to use the necessary safety gear.

      3. BURNERS, ALCOHOL LAMPS, HOT PLATE

      lab burner   Many laboratory experiments require a heat source. An industry standard heat source is typically a Bunsen burner or other butane/natural gas source burner, such as our Portable Micro Lab Burner. Alcohol lamps are effective and economical, but do not work as efficiently and the flame temperature is significantly lower than a burner's output.

      4. RING STAND EQUIPMENT

      ring stand   Many laboratory procedures and experiments require additional support for efficient and safe work flows. Use ring stands and ring stand equipment to attach, support, clamp, and fasten various tools and support accessories for experiments and procedures.

      5. GLASSWARE EQUIPMENT

      glassware   Glassware like beakers, flasks, graduated cylinders, and test tubes are staples in lab work and science experiments. High-quality glassware allows you to mix chemicals, make solutions, heat liquids, stir, store, shake, observe, and measure reactions in various procedures and applications. High-quality glassware is made of borosilicate glass and will endure thermal stress and thermodynamics.

      6. BALANCES & SCALES

      digital scale   Balances and scales are used to weigh measurements. A digital scale provides 0.1 to 0.01 g sensitivity, while triple beam balances usually provide 0.1 g sensitivity. Professional digital balances provide 0.001 g sensitivity for high-precision education and professional laboratory applications.

      7. MEASUREMENT

      pipettes   A pipette (pipet) is a laboratory tool used to transfer a precise amount of liquid in various scientific applications; they have a range of differing levels of precision. Burette (buret) is a piece of glassware with volumetric graduation for dispensing precise amount of liquids in experiments and titrations. Attach a burette to a stand using the burette clamp.

      8. DISTILLATION, VACUUM FILTRATION, SEPARATORY FUNNELS

      distillation, filtration   Distillation is a method of separating mixtures. Distillation is used far and wide in both industrial applications and science laboratory work. Vacuum filtration allows a faster separation of suspensions and mixtures. Separatory funnels are used to separate two immiscible liquids of different densities. They may also be used to add a reagent in a distillation or a reaction process.
        Safety: Inspect all glassware for cracks or chips, which could cause implosions when used during distillation and vacuum filtration. Wrap glassware in tape to help prevent injury during the event of implosion.

      9. TUBING, STOPPERS

      rubber tubing   Use hardened rubber stoppers to seal a flask, test tube, or other glassware equipment. Rubber stoppers are also available with one or more holes to insert a funnel or glass tubing, which can then be connected to another piece of apparatus. Glass and rubber tubing connects to stoppers, condensers, water supply, glassware, and other lab apparatus for laboratory experiments and applications.
        Safety: Use caution when insterting glass tubing or thermometers into rubber stoppers. Check all glass tubing for chips or cracks and that the ends are smoothly fire-polished. Use thick work gloves and a small amount of lubricant (water, silicone grease, vegatable oil) and insert the glass tubing using a gentle twisting motion. Never use too much force as it may result in serious injury.

      10. LABORATORY MICROSCOPES

      laboratory microscope   Laboratory microscopes are ideal for advanced high school, college, university, medical, clinical, and veterinary applications. What separates laboratory microscopes from traditional compound microscopes is higher-quality optics, larger eyepieces, semi-plan or plan objectives, 1000x magnification, extra-bright lighting, binocular or trinocular heads, and greater mechanical reliability.

      11. COMPOUND MICROSCOPES

      microscope   High-power compound microscopes are perfect for students to perform all the necessary scientific study and observational work typical of high school science. Whether you're a hobbyist, a teacher, or a student, using a high-quality, dependable compound microscope provides peace of mind.

      12. CHEMISTRY & LABORATORY KITS

      laboratory hardware   We create, supply, and distribute a choice selection of chemistry equipment and lab tools for various applications and level of scientific interest. Finding the chemistry supplies and laboratory equipment you need is convenient and easy since we offer it all in one place, and, with preassembled science kits, sometimes all in one box!

      If you still need further assistance finding the appropriate laboratory equipment, please call us at 1-800-860-6272.

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