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Experiments in General Chemistry: Inquiry and Skill Building, 2nd Edition

  • Vickie Williamson
  • Larry Peck
  • ISBN-10: 1285433173
  • ISBN-13: 9781285433172
  • 412 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2014 Published
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About the Product

With many years of teaching experience in the classroom and laboratory, Vickie Williamson and Larry Peck have created EXPERIMENTS IN GENERAL CHEMISTRY: INQUIRY AND SKILL BUILDING, 2nd edition with carefully crafted and tested experiments designed to complement any general chemistry curriculum. The authors have selected three types of lab experiments to meet all of the needs of students and instructors looking for a selection of laboratory pedagogy. There are Skill Building experiments to develop techniques and demonstrate previously developed concepts, Guided Inquiry experiments to direct the students to collect data on variables without previously studying the concepts and guide them to look for patterns in the data, and Open Inquiry experiments to allow the students to apply concepts or relationships in a new setting. Twenty-eight experiments feature Pre-Lab questions and Post-Lab questions on perforated pages for easy removal of worksheets, and there is a Common Procedures and Concepts section as an appendix for easy retrieval of basic information for students.


  • Updated experiments throughout with 2 brand new experiments added to this edition.

  • Perforated pages allow for easy removal of worksheets.

  • Thirty total experiments (2 completely new) featuring Skill Building experiments, Guided Inquiry experiments and Open Inquiry experiments, meet all of the needs of students and instructors looking for a selection of laboratory pedagogy.

  • Common Procedures and Concepts section allows for easy retrieval of basic information for students.

About the Author

Vickie Williamson

Vickie M. Williamson is an Instructional Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. She received her B.S. from Central Oklahoma University and Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma. She has taught at the high school, community college, and university levels, as well as published several peer-reviewed chemical education research papers dealing with classroom techniques to increase students’ understanding of chemistry. She was named as the 2015 recipient of the ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry for her body of research on the visualization of the particulate nature of matter. She has authored a laboratory inquiry-based manual for general chemistry, a similar laboratory manual for liberal arts chemistry, interactive CDs for high-school chemistry, textbooks and supplements for middle school to college level chemistry, and standardized chemistry examinations. She has been dedicated to teaching an atoms-first general chemistry since 2012.

Larry Peck

M. Larry Peck, Professor Emeritus at Texas A & M University, received his Ph.D. from Montana State University in 1971. He won the Chemical Manufacturers Association Catalyst Award in 2000, Texas A & M's Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Chemistry Teaching in 2002, and the Division of Chemical Education's Outstanding Service to the Division Award in 2007. Until his retirement in 2006, Dr. Peck taught science at all levels and directed programs designed to improve the teaching of physical science programs now known in Texas as "integrated physics and chemistry." The resource materials developed in these workshops are being used as models for other state-funded teacher training programs.

Table of Contents

EXPERIMENT 1 - Are Labels Accurate or Precise? (An Open Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 2 - Density Measurements (A Skill Building Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 3 - Cost of a Chemical Product(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 4 - Soap Making (A Skill Building Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 5 - Reactions of Calcium(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 6 - Aluminum and Copper (II) Chloride(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 7 (was 6) - Recycling Aluminum Cans (A Skill Building Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 8 - Patterns(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 9 (was 7) - Solutions and Crystals of Alum (A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 10 (was 8) - Analysis of a Carbonated Beverage(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 11 (was 9) - Mass Relationships in Reactions(An Open Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 12 (was 10) - Shapes of Molecules and Ions(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 13 (was 11) - The Fuel in a Bic® Lighter(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 14 (was 12) - Alka-Seltzer®: An Application of Gas Laws(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 15 (was 13) - Freezing Points of Solutions(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 16 (was 14) - Spectrochemical Analysis(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 17 (was 15) - Heat of Crystallization(A Skill Building Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 18 (was 16) - Enthalpy of Reaction (A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 19 (was 17) - The Kinetics of the Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 20 (was 18) - Kinetics of Decoloration of Crystal Violet(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 21 (was 19) - Factors Affecting Reactions(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 22 (was 20) - Formation of a Complex(A Skill Building Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 23 (was 21) - Acids and pH(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 24 (was 22) - Reactions of Acids And Bases(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 25 (was 23) - Acids and Bases(An Open Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 26 (was 24) - Electrochemistry(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 27 (was 25) - Small-Scale Redox Titration(A Skill Building Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 28 (was 26) - The Copper Cycle(A Open Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 29 (was 27) - Organic Molecules(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
EXPERIMENT 30 (was 28) - Reactions of Organic Compounds(A Guided Inquiry Experiment).
Common Procedures and Concepts.

New to this edition

  • Two-semester safety agreements.