Essential Chemistry Student Lab Manual - EC-6352



This student consumable lab manual contains over 70 investigations. It was designed to be used either in conjunction with the Essential Chemistry curriculum or as a supplemental lab manual.

Teacher Resources

  • The available online Teacher Resources include the following:
  • Editable Word and printable PDF version of each student lab
  • Presentations of each lab in PPTX and PDF format for displaying during the lab
  • Teacher Answer Keys in editable Word and printable PDF formats
  • Links to videos that help guide you through the activities
  • Sample data in SPARKlab format
  • Molecule Simulations
  • Interactive Periodic Table
  • Chemical Equation Builder
  • Lab preparation directions and tips
  • And more!

Teacher Resources are available when adopting this lab manual or the Essential Chemistry curriculum.


There are 73 labs and activities covering a full year of chemistry topics. 47 of the labs use the sensors and/or equipment from the Essential Chemistry Standard Equipment Kit. The remaining labs can be performed using typical equipment found in your chemistry lab.

The full list of investigations:

  Lab # Lab Name Standard bundle No Probeware
1 1A Experimental Variables  
2 1B Investigating the Temperature Scale  
3 2A Density of a Solid  
4 2B Density of a Liquid  
5 3A Chemical Formula  
6 3B Pure Substances and Mixtures  
7 3C Physical or Chemical Change  
8 4A Temperature and Thermal Energy  
9 4B Specific Heat  
10 4C Energy from Food  
11 4D Heat of Fusion  
12 4E Project: Design an Insulator  
13 4F Research Presentation: Insulators in the Home  
14 5A Patterns and Trends  
15 5B Naming Ionic Compounds  
16 5C Store Labels and Models  
17 6A Counting by Weighing  
18 6B Molar Mass  
19 6C Percent Composition of a Hydrate  
20 6D Empirical Formula of Magnesium Oxide  
21 7A Balancing Chemical Equations  
22 7B Chemical Reactions  
23 7C Solubility Rules  
24 8A Conservation of Mass  
25 8B Percent Yield  
26 8C Modeling Limiting Reactants  
27 8D Determining Limiting Reactants  
28 8E Project: Design an Airbag  
29 8F Research Enhancement: Airbags and Consumers  
30 9A Isotopic Composition  
31 9B What is a Wave?  
32 9C Light Energy  
33 9D Flame Tests  
34 1A Types of Bonding  
35 1B Lewis Structures and VSEPR  
36 1C Surface Tension  
37 11A Evaporative Cooling  
38 11B State Changes  
39 11C Hess's Law  
40 12A Volume of a Gas  
41 12B Boyle's Law  
42 12C Charles' Law  
43 13A Electrolytes  
44 13B Solution Concentration  
45 13C Colored Solutions  
46 13D Project: Design a Purification Process  
47 13E Writing and Discussion Enhancement: Water Purification  
48 14A Optimum Conditions  
49 14B Catalysts  
50 15A Reaction Equilibrium  
51 15B Le Châtelier's Principle  
52 16A What is pH?  
53 16B Titration of an Unknown Acid  
54 16C Antacids: An Inquiry Study  
55 17A Vitamin C Titration  
56 18A Electrochemical Cells  
57 18B Electroplating  
58 18C Lemon Battery  
59 18D Project: Design a Galvanic Cell  
60 18E Writing and Discussion Enhancement: Galvanic Cell  
61 19A Half-Lives  
62 2A Bonding and Organic Chemistry  
63 2B Distilling Aromatic Compounds  
64 2C Fragrant Esters  
65 21A Polymers  
66 21B Amino Acids  
67 22A Chlorophyll Extraction  
68 22B Respiration and Energy  
69 23A Greenhouse Gases  
70 23B The Water Cycle  
71 23C Ocean Currents  
72 23D Ocean Acidification  
73 24A Spectroscopy  


Buying Guide

Essential Chemistry Standard Equipment Kit

The Essential Chemistry Standard Equipment Kit was designed to support the investigations in this manual by supplying all the necessary sensors as well as key pieces of equipment for one lab station.

Essential Chemistry Standard Equipment Kit   EC-6361