A concise introduction to home chemistry and methods/utensils for an improvised chem lab setup - for those interested in setting up their very own home chemistry laboratory.
Tired of watching a nurdrage video and not having the means to try it at home? Make a lab. We will be using various methods shown in The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, online videos, other instructables, and some methods I've conceived on my own. We will try to minimize cost wherever possible and thus use the most readily available materials. However, I will present a more costly albeit better quality option for some of these. Read with an open and resourceful mind and be able to expand on these ideas.
Note: No experiments are involved.
Link to source of inspiration: http://www.scribd.com/doc/21654883/The-Golden-Book-of-Chemistry-Experiments
This site has basically anything you'd need in a home lab: http://www.hometrainingtools.com/chemistry/c/3/
Step 1: About The Home Chemistry Lab
On Chemistry: 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.