Experiments & Measurements

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Experiments & Measurements

Chemistry is a science based on experiments. Chemists follow systematic procedures for carrying out chemical experiments and recording observations. The chemistry laboratory has a host of laboratory apparatus for the purpose of experimentation.

Source: Brent 1960, Chemistry Experiments, p. 1

However, if the experiments are to be reproducible, there should be a systematic way of describing the observations of the experiments. This is where a standard system for measurements comes in. Chemistry, like other sciences, uses the SI system of measurement, including agreed-upon convenient prefixes (such as milli-, centi-, kilo- and mega-) for those units which are either too large or too small to appear practical.

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List of References

Brent, R, The Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments, NY, USA: Golden Press, 1960.


McMurray, J & Fay, RC, Chemistry, 4th edn, USA: Prentice Hall, 2003.