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To schedule a visit, you can contact any one of us by telephone and/or e-mail. Try to give us at least one week’s notice. Be sure that any e-mail requests are confirmed.

Dr. Susan Rutkowsky, Director 215-895-1509 sar@drexel.edu
Charlie Boritz, Mobile Educator 215-895-2685 cb632@drexel.edu

We need to know:

  • Date and Time
  • Number of students
  • Number of working electrical outlets
  • Lab experiment (use the name) desired
  • Who will meet us
  • Where to park

One of our staff members listed above will help set up and teach the experiment the first time, or as often as you would like. We prefer to arrive a half-hour early, allowing time to get the equipment to the classroom and to set up. When classes are scheduled early in the morning we can bring equipment the afternoon before and you can store it in the classroom overnight or over the weekend.

This is a listing of our current experiments for high school and middle school students. The three appendices describe how to use equipment. To download a copy of the experiment as a Microsoft Word file, click on the "Microsoft Word" link. To download/view a copy of the experiment as an Adobe Acrobat file, click on the "Adobe Acrobat" link.

Experiments (High School)
1. Density of Solids
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
2. Density of Liquids
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3. Density and Concentration of Aqueous KI
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
4. Determination of Melting Points
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
5. Determination of Boiling Points
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
6. Wave Lengths and Color
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
7. Visible Spectrum of Food Colors
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
8. Beer's Law, Cobalt Chloride
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
9. Beer's Law, Neodymium Chloride
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
10. Line Spectra of Elements
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
11. Measuring pH of Household Chemicals
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
12. pH-Titration of Strong Acids with Strong Bases
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
13. pH-Titration of Weak Acids with Strong Bases
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
14. Synthesis of Salicylic Acid from Aspirin Tablets
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
15. Yields and Synthesis of Ethyl Salicylate from Salicylic Acid
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
16. Distillation of Nail-Polish Removers
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
17. Using the Infra-red Spectrometer to Analyze Pure Liquids
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
18. Analysis of Water (Chlorine, Phosphorus, Fluoride and Color)
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Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
19. Measuring Conductance Using a Probe Interfaced with LabQuest Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
20. Separation of Alcohols Using Gas Chromatography Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
21. Determining Avogadro�s Number Using a Monolayer Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
22. Visible Spectrum of Chlorophyll from Spinach Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
23. Pressure vs. Volume (Boyle�s Law)
Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
24. Study of Colloidal Gold Solution Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
25. Electrochemistry Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
26. Preparation of Solutions Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
27. Molar Mass of Urea by Freezing Point Depression Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
28. Synthesis and Study of Colloidal Silver Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
29. Thermochemistry: Heat of Solution Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
30. Half-life of Ba-137m Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
Using the equipment
Appendix #1. Using Balances Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
Appendix #2. Digital pH-meters Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
Appendix #3. Spectronic-20 Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat

Experiment 11 is a prerequisite to experiments 12 and 13.

Experiments (Middle School)
A. Weighing with an Analytical Balance Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat
B. Distillation of Nail-Polish Removers Microsoft Word Adobe Acrobat

Drexel University ~ Department of Chemistry
32nd & Chestnut Streets ~ Philadelphia PA, 19104-2875

Dr. Dr. Susan Rutkowsky, Director 215-895-1509 sar@drexel.edu
Charlie Boritz, Mobile Educator 215-895-2685 cb632@drexel.edu