Twilight Farkle: How 'bout this? Put both vials in the fridge for a few hours. Shake the vials, just in case one of them contains a supercooled liquid, because if it does,
utah dude: go to work with dad, use NIR, get vs. library search results, in 5 seconds.
semiotix: This is why grandpa semiotix stopped putting water in any of the vials.
utah dude: haha i've got a bottle of 3.7% HCl cut with 18 MOhm water in my bathroom. sometimes i use it for cooking in the kitchen, but store it in the bathroom to keep it safe from the son.
assjuice: Twilight Farkle: No thread on chemistry sets is complete without Robert Brent and Harry Lazarus's Golden Book of Chemistry Experiments. After you've been introduced to introductory elements like oxygen, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, and chlorine (!), work your way through the book all the way to making your own synthetic fibers and plastics, such as rayon (synthesis of bakelite was left as an exercise for the student).50 years later, you'll probably get arrested just for posessing the equipment on page 8, and banned from public office for daring to use the metric system on page 14, but hey, America's safer for it. And its leaders wonder why their citizens are falling behind in STEM.Do you have evidence that such chemistry kits are available in countries with higher science and math scores? If so it would make an interesting infographic.
semiotix: SnarfVader: The chemistry kit I had as a kid specifically stated that I should ask my Dad for some Everclear to fuel the burner. Good times. Good times.I remember that!I thought it was weird that they mentioned your dad specifically by name, but he was great. Didn't even bat an eye at all these 9-year-olds asking him for hooch.
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