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Lab Equipment. Subtitle. Beakers and Graduated Cylinders. Beakers hold solids or liquids that will not release gases when reacted or are unlikely to splatter if stirred or heated. A graduated cylinder is used to measure volumes of liquids. Funnel and Flasks.

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beakers and graduated cylinders
Beakers and Graduated Cylinders

Beakers hold solids or liquids that will not release gases when reacted or are unlikely to splatter if stirred or heated.

A graduated cylinder is used to measure volumes of liquids.

funnel and flasks
Funnel and Flasks

An Erlenmeyer Flask holds solids or liquids that may release gases during a reaction or that are likely to splatter if stirred or heated.

A funnel is used to aid in the transfer of liquid from one vessel to another.


Volumetric Flask

Rarely used in first year chemistry.

It is used for making precise concentrations of solutions.

Usually comes in volumes of 1000 mL, 500 mL, and 250 mL.

There is a graduation on the neck of the bottle to indicate the volume of the flask.


Burettes are long graduated cylinders used to add very precise amounts of solutions.

Burettes are typically used in titrations – mixing acids and bases.

medicine dropper and pipets
Medicine Dropper and Pipets

A medicine dropper is used to transfer a small volume of liquid (less than one mL).

On top of each medicine dropper is a “rubber bulb”

A Mohr pipet measures and delivers exact volumes of liquids.

forceps tweezers and tongs
Forceps, Tweezers, and Tongs

Forceps (or tweezers) are used to pick up small objects.

Beaker tongs are used to move beakers containing hot liquids

For handling hot crucibles; also used to pick up other hot objects. NOT to be used for picking up beakers!

test tubes
Test Tubes

Test tubes come in a wide variety of sizes.



13 x 100 mm test tubes

10 x 75 mm test tubes

test tube holder and rack
Test Tube Holder and Rack

A test tube holder is useful for holding a test tube which is too hot to handle.

Test tube racks are for holding and organizing test tubes on the laboratory counter.

Plastic racks may melt in contact with very hot test tubes.

test tube brushes and rubber stoppers
Test Tube Brushes and Rubber Stoppers

Test tube brushes are used to clean test tubes and graduated cylinders.

Rubber stoppers are used to close containers to avoid spillage or contamination.

Containers should never be heated when there is a stopper in place.

Forcing a large brush into a small test tube may damage or could possibly break the tube.

well plates and weigh boats
Well Plates and Weigh Boats

Well plates are used when we want to perform many small scale reactions at one time.

We will use these several times during the year.

Weighing boats are used to weigh solids that will be transferred to another vessel.

watch glass and glass plate
Watch Glass and Glass Plate

A watch glass is used to hold a small amount of solid, such as the product of a reaction.

It is also used to cover an evaporating to help prevent splattering.

Glass plates provide a surface for semi-micro scale experiments, such as drop reactions and testing of acids and bases.

glass stir rod and spatulas
Glass Stir Rod and Spatulas

Spatulas are used to dispense solid chemicals from their containers.

Chemicals should never be transferred with your bare hands.

A glass rod is used to manually stir solutions. It can also be used to transfer a single drop of a solution.

ph and litmus paper
pH and Litmus Paper

Litmus paper is rarely used in this chemistry class.

pH paper is used to determine the pH of a solution.

Dip the strip in the solution and compare the color to the chart included with the paper.

Red litmus paper is used to identify bases.

Blue litmus paper is used to identify acids.

bunsen burner and striker
Bunsen Burner and Striker

Bunsen burners are used for the heating of nonvolatile liquids and solids.

Strikers are used to light Bunsen burners.

The flints on strikers are expensive. Do not operate the striker repeatedly just to see the sparks!

evaporating dish and crucibles
Evaporating Dish and Crucibles

Crucibles are used for heating certain solids, particularly metals, to very high temperatures.

The evaporating dish is used for the heating of stable solid compounds and elements.

ring stands and their components
Ring Stands and Their Components

Ring stands are a safe and convenient way to perform reactions that require heating using a Bunsen burner.

Iron rings connect to a ring stand and provide a stable, elevated platform for the reaction.

ring stands and their components1
Ring Stands and Their Components

The clay triangle is used as a support for porcelain crucibles when being heated over a Bunsen burner.

Wire gauze sits on the iron ring to provide a place to stand a beaker.

In older wire gauze, the white material is asbestos!

A pressed fiber pad is a 4” x 4” square of ceramic fiber.

It provides a surface for hot beakers so that the beaker does not come in contact with a cold countertop and shatter.

ring stands and their components2
Ring Stands and Their Components

Utility clamps are used to secure test tubes, distillation columns, and burets to the ring stand.

Double Buret clamps are used to hold burets – long graduated tubes used in titration.

wash bottle
Wash Bottle

A wash bottle has a spout that delivers a wash solution to a specific area. Distilled water is the only liquid that should be used in a wash bottle.