Chemistry is a fascinating and beautiful subject. It is also very complex and the source of many headaches. The fact that you are reading this demonstrates you harbor a certain curiosity for it already. Or maybe you've randomly stumbled into this instructable by fate... In any case, the first step to starting your lab at home is planting the seed of curiosity for the subject. Get to know the subject at the level you want by visiting your library or through online research. Curiosity is like a fire- it will
die if not sustained. In order to keep that desire for knowledge kindled, you must constantly ask yourself questions, such as "what is an acid?" or "what happens when bread rises?". More rigorous questions in the area of chemistry are of the form : "Can I make X compound from household items? Will X react with Y to form Z? Can I purify this compound? Can I find if this household product contains X compound?" and so on.
If you want a great foundation for the science, there are a variety of resources out there. Did you know you can take a course at MIT for free? Check out MIT OCW
for a more studious introduction to chemistry! Setting Your Goals:
I hope that people of all backgrounds will read this instructable. With people from all levels of knowledge on the subject, it is up to you to decide where you want to take this.Some examples of great goals are as follows:
- I want to teach myself chemistry and I will take up home chemistry as a supplemental learning tool.
- I will create a semblance of a lab in the summer so that I can take up chemistry as a hobby.
- I will create a lab environment for homeschooling.
- I will create a temporary lab for the upcoming science fair in order to work comfortably in a home environment.
- I want to augment my own home lab by extracting some ideas from this instructable.
Once you come up with your own goal, it's time to start on a scientific journey.