Monday, 24 March 2014

The Chemistry of Glassware


Chemistry laboratory is not an unvisited place for most of the students. Some of the students love chemistry and those who do not love it sure like the glittering appearance of the laboratory, which comes from the differently shaped and sized chemistry glassware. These equipment of glass may look pretty fragile, but they are worth more than that look. Our today’s life is mostly composed of science. There isn’t a single thing which is not connected to science in some or the other way. The life has advanced to a great extent and to support the current lifestyle, science has contributed a lot. A lot of experiments have taken place to make it possible. And so these simple looking glass articles have played a significant role in life from simple to exquisite. Various researches are taking place in laboratories all over the world. Scientists are using these articles to bring about a new change in human life.

Categories of equipment:

There are many glass equipments in the laboratories, and experts are well aware of their use. They are divided into different categories as per their structure and utility. But the people who are not familiar with these equipments will need a general introduction to these things. There is different glassware, which is very common in the chemistry lab such as, beaker, test tubes, flasks, burettes, bottles, jars, Petri dishes, graduated cylinders, condensers, funnels, pipettes, stirring rods etc. All these equipment are part of some of the other experiments, which take place in this lab. Each glass article is designed in a special way to fulfill a specific purpose and to be used for a special task. The experiments that generally take place in a chemistry lab involve the use of some kind of chemicals. For this purpose, these glass equipment are manufactured by inducing some special qualities, which make them resistant to certain factors and give them strength to work in the controlled conditions of a laboratory. There are various chemicals, which are very reactive and are bound to react with any material; thus these are kept in the glass container, which is less reactive and does not react to most of the chemicals. These glass articles are also heat resistant, which make them suitable for the purpose of heating the content inside them. Some of the glassware is manufactured with for boiling and heating substances. One known illustration of such a thing is the boiling tube, which can be kept directly over the flame.

This glassware is surely simple in look, but is much useful when it comes to necessary and important experiments. Most of the components in the laboratory are stored in these apparatuses. The utility of these apparatuses makes them the basic requirement of every chemistry laboratory. Not only the chemistry laboratory, some of this equipment can also be found in the chemistry set of students.

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