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For classroom use by chemistry teachers.  This website provides instructions for the generation of gases on a microscale level inside 60 mL syringes along with instructions for chemical demonstrations and student laboratory experiments with the gases.  This site is designed for use by chemistry teachers at the high school and university level.  Students and other interested readers are welcome to visit the site to learn more about chemistry but are hereby advised not to perform or attempt to perform any of the instructions provided herein without proper supervision by someone qualified and competent in chemistry.  Be advised that irresponsible use of chemicals may cause injury and may be unlawful in your area.

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Contents and Introduction

Part 1. Getting started                         
Chapter 1 Getting Started — Generating Carbon Dioxide in a Large Syringe               
Chapter 2 Experiments with Carbon Dioxide       
Chapter 3 Hydrogen                            
Chapter 4 Oxygen                            
Chapter 5 Gas Bags                            
Part 2. Laboratory Experiments Overview                                   
Chapter 6. Mystery Gas                           
Chapter 7. Percent Composition                    
Chapter 8. Carbonated Beverages — Priestley’s Soda-water    
Chapter 9. Molar Mass                            
Chapter 10. Limiting Reagent                       
Chapter 11. Barometric Pressure without a Barometer       
Part 3. More gases                            
Chapter 12. Nitrogen Oxides                       
Chapter 13. Ammonia                           
Chapter 14. Ethyne                            
Chapter 15. Sulfur Dioxide                        
Chapter 16. Chlorine                           
Chapter 17. Nitrogen                           
Part 4. Catalyst Tube Reactions                   
Chapter 18. Catalyst Tube Reactions               
Part 5. Other Methods                       
Chapter 19. The Thermal Method: Making Hydrogen Chloride   
Chapter 20. Carbon Monoxide                       
Chapter 21. Ethene (Ethylene)                       
Chapter 22. Methane                           
Chapter 23. Nitrous oxide                       
Chapter 24. Making Gases in a Microwave Oven           
Chapter 25. Ozone                               
Part 6. Advanced Gases                       
Chapter 26. Silane                              
Chapter 27. Hydrogen sulfide (contact me by e-mail)                       

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