Chemistry Question

I am trying to make a small amount of silver fulminate for throw snaps. I am using a recipe from a very old book and it says I should add 70 minimums of concentrated nitric acid. Any ideas on what a modern measurement of a minimum would be, and where I could buy concentrated nitric acid?

Topic by Sedgewick17 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


chemistry assistance please!?

Well, you may know you can synthesize CuSO4 with sodium hydrogen sulfate and copper metal if you heat it in a test tube over a burner, but, i have one question, is it possible to do the same with zinc in the place of copper in an effort to produce zinc sulfate? i want this simply as i want some glow powder,but, is this method possible? If not, tell me a simple way. (if there is one...)

Question by kerbal1234 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Solubility chemistry question Answered

Picture an ionic compound that dissolves in water is saturated with a small amount left over Since the solubility reaction occurs in both directions at equal rates, what's stoping the reverse reaction from forming precipitates that aren't on the surface of the lump of compound left over? why do the ions almost always precipitate on the already solid compound causing harldy any noticable change?

Question by Tombini 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Chemistry equipment list?

Hello Fellow Instructablers!       Its been a while since I have made a post but I am back with a burning question!  I have a great interest in science and chemistry and always wanted to preform experiments seen on page of authors like Nurdrage for example. But I have never had the required equipment or chemicals to do these. I have taken a high school chemistry class and gotten my stuff down and now am prepared to take on the challenge of the lab. I have a birthday coming on on the 24th and my parents said if I wanted to get into chemistry I should ask for equipment and chemicals or what I need for my birthday.      So I will, but I need help. From an experienced chemist or someone who has done this before. Can anyone give me a list of basic-intermediate lab equipment that is needed for most experiments? I don't want to get one of those chemistry kits for kids since those are so restricted and only let you do the experiments given to you, not very fun So I want to get free use equipment and chemicals for any procedure. But I have no idea what is needed most or least and would really appreciate it if someone were able to do this for me. Just in the comments or PM, have a list of stuff I should ask for if I wanted to kick start my chemistry, what that item is used for, the price and its frequency of use to determine what I should decide on if there were to be a conflict. I would really appreciate any help I can get from you guys cause my birthday is coming up soon! Thanks everyone! ~Ostomesto

Topic by ostomesto 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Amateur Chemistry is Dead. :-(

You're now restricted to one pound of fertilizer (or other chemicals that might be usedto make illegal fireworks) per year.Judge's Final OpinionDamn.Background info for Firefox vs CPSC

Topic by westfw 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Need help with chemistry? Try this.

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Topic by NYPA 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Looking for chemistry items/vacuums

Hey guys, I just recently got parts to make my own magnetic stirrer and heating plate for organic chemistry! I don't very well plan on getting a glass blower oven so if  you guys have any glassware somehow, please let me know. If you have old vacuums, a vacuum pump (not submersible) let me know too! thanks!!

Topic by GreenD 9 years ago


Elementeo Chemistry Card Game

14-year-old Anshul Samar has created his own science-based fantasy card combat game Elementeo. Check out the interview with him below.Elementeo is a strategic battle game where you use your elements across the battlefield in reducing opponent's electrons to zero. You do that by harnessing the strength and moving properties of the elements and compounds, and by using their reactionary powers. For example, Oxygen can rust any neighboring metal or Copper Conductor can shock any metals and send them back to the deck. via Wired's Geekdad

Topic by ewilhelm 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


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Hi i was wondering if there was any electrically reversible battery chemistries that can be made from around the house materials like copper wire, iron nails, galvanized nails, graphite rods, aluminum foil, and other items like those.

Question by LiquidLightning 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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Question by dla888 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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Hello guys, Thanks alot for reading. I don't know much about chemistry outside of my one high school class. We electroplated a penny. I have a 1.5ish square-foot piece of wood, and i am wanting to CHROME IT.... chrome paint kits cost hundreds of dollars, and i've before seen chrome-plated wood.. and i want to replicate the results. [img]http://www.eastcoastpowdercoating.com/liquid%20chrome%20guitar.jpg[/img]I'm looking for a cost effective alternative to expensive chrome kits (+300 dollars for a pint)In theory.... my method would involve somehow plating the guitar with some sort of metallic based paint, then submerging it in a chrome bath. [b]IS THIS POSSIBLE??[/b]Is there a metal chemical that can somehow be applied evenly to the entire surface of the wood? (i.e. paint?)What, and how much of the specific chemicals do i need, and where can i find them?I really want this to be mirrored. Thanks so much for your responses to my problem:P

Topic by punx777 11 years ago


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Question by zoserox 9 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


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Question by bullet71792 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to clean up Nitric acid after using it?

Hi, I used Nitric acid to refine sterling silver. When I put the sterling into the acid it became silver nitrate.Then I used copper to get the silver to come out of solution and it became copper nitrate. what can I do to get the copper nitrate out so I can use the nitric acid again? If that is possible.I need someones help. Robot

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Which would be better for insulating a box, duct tape, foil, card stock material, or heavy construction tar paper?

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Can anyone help me identify some chemistry glassware? Answered

I recently acquired some old glassware from a university sale, and I have a couple of pieces that I have not seen before. Can anyone assist me in identification?  The first item appears to be meant for gas samples. It has a stopcock on both ends and has a large space between. The gas inside is NO2. The second looks like an addition funnel with a water cooled stem.

Question by cdorris 4 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


PUNS come to chemistry with CATastophic results.....

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Topic by Goodhart 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Dissolve Aluminum - Golden Book Chemistry

In the Golden Book of Chemistry, page 64, there're instructions for dissolving aluminum. The book states that HYDROGEN is released when aluminum strips are dissolved in hydrochloric acid and ALUMINUM CHLORIDE is formed. That's about all we get from the book concerning that particular experiment. Just wondering if this is correct, how to test it, what it should look like and what may we [the kids and myself] may do with it if it's actually aluminum chloride. It's a good book, but quite a bit of theory's lacking. Thanks all.

Topic by Sovereignty 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


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Question by DELETED_Phill 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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Question by Shanti Mama 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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Question by Rainmakker84 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


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Question by LocketRocket 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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Question by HungaryHungryHitler 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


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Question by josheeg 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


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