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What chemicals all labs should have?

  1. Nov 29, 2014 #1
    If the question doesn't make sense how 'bout this one: "What chemicals should an amateur chemistry lab should have for experimentation?"
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    None. That said, in what field are you planning to experiment?
  4. Nov 30, 2014 #3
    Good question, should have said that also... Analytical, organic, inorganic and pure chemistry.
  5. Nov 30, 2014 #4


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    For starters: water for extinguishing fires; carbon dioxide for extinguishing fires; silicon dioxide (sand) for extinguishing fires.

    This isn't said solely for the humor, or to be obstructive, nor to offend. If you'll check the stickies at the head of the Chem. Forum, you'll understand there's a reluctance to encourage "random" inquiries into certain areas. It's not at all uncommon for professionals to accidentally find themselves working with much higher energy chemistry than they'd anticipated.

    Your background and resources are total unknowns, and for the moment, my suggestion would be to emphasize background reading and familiarization with principles and practices.
  6. Nov 30, 2014 #5
    Ok, and how to extinguish a fire with sand?
  7. Nov 30, 2014 #6
    This is more a homework/studies help forum.

    Here is a forum for amateur chemists.
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    Step 1. Find fire.
    Step 2. Pick up bucket of sand
    Step 3. Pour bucket of sand over fire.
    Step 4. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 above until fire is extinguished.

    (Note: to save time, have buckets filled with sand before fire breaks out.)
  9. Nov 30, 2014 #8
    Yeah... that was a dumb question and I figured it out a while back.
  10. Nov 30, 2014 #9
    Thanks, I'll take a look at it
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