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Title: AP Chemistry by Satellite: Laboratory Manual (Student Edition)
Author: John I. Gelder, Oklahoma State University ; I. Dwaine Eubanks , Oklahoma State University ; Nancy S. Gettys, Oklahoma State University
Course: Chemistry
Abstract/Summary: This Web site consists of a laboratory manual edited for AP Chemistry based on the introductory college chemistry course given at Oklahoma State University in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The manual was originally designed for use with AP Chemistry by Satellite, a telecommunication course formerly produced by the Arts and Sciences Teleconferencing Service (ASTS) at Oklahoma Sate University, and was edited for AP Chemistry students.

The 17 experiments in this manual are listed below:
  1. Classification and Separation of Matter
  2. Rutherford's Model of the Atom
  3. Stoichiometry
  4. Acid-Base Titration
  5. Heat of Neutralization
  6. Conductivity
  7. Charles' Law
  8. Molecular Weight of a Volatile Liquid
  9. Solubilities
  10. Properties of Water
  11. Introduction to Blocktronic Spectrometry
  12. Kinetics of the Decolorization of Crystal-Violet by Sodium Hydroxide
  13. Photometric Determination of an Equilibrium Constant
  14. Determination of the Equilibrium Constant of a Weak Acid
  15. Anion Analysis
  16. Cation Analysis
  17. Oxidation-Reduction
Every experiment consists of three sections: (1) prelab questions, (2) the lab itself (often in two or three parts), and (3) postlab questions. The prelab questions section gives background review of the material in the experiment. Definitions and questions are to be answered by the students before lab day. Some of the questions are rudimentary, to the point that nothing is taken for granted. Students with a strong introductory chemistry course should be able to answer the questions very easily. The labs are then described with every detail possible. The equipment is listed, data tables are provided, and step-by-step instructions guide the students through the lab. Finally, the postlab questions section consists of questions or problems that check understanding of the main points and calculations in the lab.

Some of the labs in this manual were written with specific computer programs or probes in mind. These instructions are not necessary any longer, and you could easily modify these labs for newer programs/probes now available, except perhaps for the Rutherford's Model of the Atom lab that uses a specific computer program not available from the Web site.

Labs in this manual are almost too complete. There is nothing left for a student to explore or to do much thinking. Some AP Chemistry instructors now rewrite their labs with a minimum of background information and lab manipulations to give a sense of discovery and scientific methodology to the students. This lab manual is exhaustive in its approach (for example, the Acid-Base Titration lab is 12 pages long), but it may be useful if you need hands-on labs for your students, or for large classes. The students should indeed be able to follow the directions and perform the labs without too much help from you. The labs are well researched and student-tried (for example, the Acid-Base Titration lab has 29 "titration tips" compiled from student experience). In summary, this site is a very good source for a complete AP Chemistry lab experience. It's all there!
Publication Data: Arts and Sciences Teleconferencing Service
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma

Type: Web Site
Cost: Free
AP Specific: No
Link to Resource: http://intro.chem.okstate.edu/HTML/S1LIX.HTM
Resource Includes: Experiments
Reviewer Name: Albert Leger        
Review Last Modified: Aug 6, 2003 4:39:49 PM

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