Lab Supplies for Experience Chemistry
For any family looking for a robust chemistry course, hands-on lab assignments are a must—and this involves purchasing supplies.
While most students’ favorite part of chemistry is the labs, it’s not essential that students complete all of the labs. We recommend parents have students complete a minimum of the first lab plus 14 more labs (a total of 15 labs).
Where to Buy Supplies?
We have partnered with Cornerstone Educational Supplies to create a lab kit for those would like to complete all of the labs. The current kit available is for the first half of the course. Approximately half the cost of this is from non-consumable items that will be used through the entire course — we anticipate the kit for the second half of the course will be much less.
2. Purchase supplies a la carte:
If you’d prefer to purchase just a few items at a time or you aren’t planning to complete all of the labs for the course, use the links in the list below to purchase items a la carte from Home Science Tools.
Lab Supplies on a Budget
We understand the budget constraints of many homeschoolers — purchasing curriculum and supplies often for multiple children can be pricey! We recommend your students plan to watch all of the lab videos and complete at least 15 labs for high school credit. So how can you make this work on a tight budget?
First, we’d recommend you choose the labs to complete that only require easily obtainable lab supplies and supplies you can probably find around your house (such as the lab for lesson 5).
We also provide supplemental lab demonstration videos to go along with some of the labs in this course — particularly labs that require a number of chemicals that may be cost prohibitive for some families to purchase (such as lesson 6 and 7’s labs). While we consider this a distant second best to your students completing the labs themselves, we want to give this option to families who want to have their students participate in these labs and write the lab reports, but are unable to obtain the necessary supplies.
Below are two lists of supplies you’ll need. On the left are lab supplies that need to be purchased from a lab supply company. On the right is a list of supplies you will like have around your house or that you can easily acquire from a local store. Alternatively, you can see a list of lab supplies listed by lesson on this page.
- Goggles (multiple lessons)
- Gloves (multiple lessons)
- Apron (multiple lessons)
- Plastic mat (multiple lessons)
- Scale (or this option) (multiple lessons)
- Weigh boats or weigh paper (multiple lessons)
- Pipettes (multiple lessons)
- Scoop (multiple lessons)
- 25 or 50 mL graduated cylinder (multiple lessons)
- 100 or 150 mL graduated cylinder
- 100 or 150 mL beaker (multiple lessons)
- 100 or 150 mL Erlenmeyer flask
- Calcium chloride (multiple lessons)
- Phenol red
20 mL of 1% phenolphthalein
- 20 mL test tubes (x3, multiple lessons)
- Test tube clamp
- Test tube rack
Molecular model kit that includes a minimum of: 3 oxygen, 4 halogen, 1 carbon, 3 hydrogen, 1 phosphorous, 1 nitrogen, 4 links for single bonds, 4 links for double bonds
- Magnesium ribbon (multiple lessons)
- Glass funnel (optional)
- 30 mL of 30% hydrogen peroxide
- 150 mL Erlenmeyer flask
- Silver nitrate
- Hydrochloric acid
- Iron (III) chloride
- Sodium hydroxide
- Sodium phosphate
- 100 mL evaporating dish
- 100 mm watch glass
- Hot plate (or pan with boiling water)
More coming soon!
- Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) (4 lessons)
- Quart-sized Ziploc bag (2 lessons)
- Comfortable clothes
- Meter stick or measuring tape
- An area to kick and throw a ball
- Water balloons
- ¼ cup (dry measuring)
- ¼ cup (liquid measuring)
- 1 tablespoon measuring spoon
- Permanent marker
- Butter knife (or similar tool)
- Acetic acid (white vinegar)
- Sodium chloride (table salt) (multiple lessons)
- Sucrose (table sugar)
- Water (multiple lessons)
- Small plastic cup
- 6 clear glasses or Mason jars
- 6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 6 tablespoons flour
- 6 tablespoons rosemary
- 6 tablespoons sand
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 20 mL cold distilled water
- 6-inch cotton swabs
- Lighter or matches (multiple lessons)
- Small mason jar with lid
- M&Ms (5 colors, 20 of each color)
- Packet of active dry yeast
- Flat surface with edges (pie tin or baking dish works well)
- Liquid dish soap
- Food coloring (optional)
More coming soon!