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Electronic Balance. Important: Easily broken by placing too much mass on the pan. Use: to mass less than 200 grams of a substance. Material: metal with porcelain top. Hot Plate. Use: to heat substances when a burner is not necessary or safe. Sometimes may have a magnetic stirrer as well.

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Electronic Balance


Easily broken by placing too much mass on the pan

Use: to mass less than 200 grams of a substance

Material: metal with porcelain top

Hot Plate

Use: to heat substances when a burner is not necessary or safe. Sometimes may have a magnetic stirrer as well.

Safety Goggles

Material: plastic, splash resistant

Use: to be worn at all times during labs in which chemicals, heat or glassware is used.

Filter Paper

Material: paper circles, various sizes

Use: folded in quarters, used in funnels to filter solutions

Mortar and Pestle

Material: porcelain

Use: to grind crystals and lumpy chemicals to a powder

Weighing Trays or Weigh Boats

Material: Flexible plastic in various sizes

Use: to keep chemicals off the balance pan.


Material: Metal or metal with wood handle

Use: to transfer solid chemicals



Never use as a stirring rod

Material: alcohol (red) or mercury in glass (not likely), common range -10°C to 110°C

Use: to measure temperature



Never pipet by mouth

Material: glass or plastic, graduated, various sizes

Use: to measure solution volumes, less accurate than a volumetric pipet

Pipet Safety Bulb


Never pipet by mouth

Material: rubber

Use: to fill a pipet with solution

Stirring Rod

Material: solid glass or plastic

Use: to stir solutions

Crucible and cover


Use tongs with hot crucibles

Material: porcelain

Use: to heat small amounts of solid substance at high temperatures

Crucible tongs


beware of hot porcelain or glassware

Material: iron, nickel or brass

Use: to pick up and hold small usually very hot items

Clay triangle

Material: wire frame with porcelain supports

Use: used to support a crucible

Transfer Pipet

Material: plastic

Use: to dispense and transfer small volumes of solution

Beral pipet - thin stem

Material: plastic

Use: to dispense and store small quantities of solution

24-well spot plate

Material: plastic, may have cover

Use: reaction vessels for small quantities of solution

96-well spot plate

Material: plastic

Use: in place of test tubes in microchemistry

Bunsen burner and burner tubing

Material: metal, connected to gas supply with burner tubing

Use: to heat chemicals (dry or in solution) in beakers, test tubes, flasks and crucibles


Material: metal with flint

Use: to create a spark to light gas burners

Wire gauze or wire mesh

Material: metal mesh, may have ceramic center

Use: to spread the heat of a burner flame

Watch glass

Material: glass

Use: to cover an evaporating dish or beaker

Test tube clamp or test tube holder

Material: metal spring mechanism

Use: to hold test tubes or glass tubing

Test tube


Beware of hot glass. Use a test tube holder when heating. Never point a test tube at yourself or other when heating.

Material: glass, various sizes

Use: reaction vessel, may be heated

Test tube rack

Material: wood, plastic or metal

Use: holds test tubes in a vertical position

Test tube brush

Material: bristle with wire handle, various sizes

Use: to scrub small diameter glassware

Utility clamp

Material: metal, with or without coated ends

Use: to support equipment on a ring stand, this one would need a clamp holder as well

Ring clamp and clamp holder

Material: metal

Use: as a support on a ring stand


Material: glass or plastic

Use: Hold filter paper for filtering solutions

Wash bottle

Material: flexible plastic

Use: hold vertically and squeeze sides to dispense water, typically deionized water only

Graduated cylinder or graduate


Never heat

Material: glass or plastic, various sizes

Use: to measure approximate volumes

Erlenmeyer flask

Material: glass, various sizes

Use: may be heated, useful for swirling solutions, used in traditional titrations

Volumetric flask

Material: glass or plastic, various sizes

Use: for making and storing solution. The score on the neck indicates an accurate volume.



Beware of hot glass, use tongs

Material: glass or plastic, various sizes

Use: for holding solutions or dry chemicals, not for measuring, only gives approximate volume

Beaker tongs

Material: metal with or without rubber coated tips

Use: to move hot beakers and glassware

Evaporating dish

Material: porcelain

Use: to contain small volumes of liquid being heated or evaporated. May be heated.

Ring Stand

Glass or plastic with stopper and stopcock

Used to separate solutions of different phases

Separatory Funnel

Metal rod fixed upright in a heavy metal base

Used to support a variety of clamps

Material: glass with stopcock,graduated,VERY EXPENSIVE

Use: to measure volumes of solution in titrations


Doubleburet clamp

Material: metal or plastic

Use: to support burets on a ring stand


96 well spot plate

24-well spot plate

96-well spot plate