Chemistry Lab Materials List

For most chemistry classes, you will normally be provided a chemistry lab materials list specific for that class. If you are working on your own, outside of a class, you may be looking for a general materials list so that you can perform some chemistry tests and experiments at home. It is easy to find lists online of various materials that would be helpful or even necessary for your chemistry work.

Your basic chemistry lab materials list

Here’s a basic chemistry lab materials list, of most frequently used items and what they are used for:

  • Beaker – this is one of the most versatile items in your chemistry lab; it is similar to your standard glass measuring cup, used for estimating fluid volume.
  • Flask – these are also very common, though there are several different kinds, used to hold various liquids and pressurize the fluids for different results in testing. The types of flasks are filter, Erlenmeyer, florance, and volumetric. 
  • Graduated cylinder – also used to hold fluids, but measures more accurately than beakers.
  • Evaporative dish – this is used to collect dissolved solids by evaporation.
  • Striker – used to light a lab burner, just like a lighter.
  • Chemical spoon – used to move solids from their container to the weighing scale
  • Test tube – a glass tube, used to hold anything (usually liquids) for testing
  • Test tube holder – holds the test tube gently during the heating process

School chemistry lab materials list

Your school will generally provide you with a list of supplies required for your chemistry class, but if not, you can find some online that may be close for the class you are in. Just search for the course you are taking and see if there are any supply lists available. You school list may include chemicals as well as equipment you will have to obtain for the class lab.  For example, your list may have some common chemicals like copper sulfate, silver nitrate crystals, strontium chloride crystals, and baking soda for spills. Some common items of equipment you may find on your college class list are crucibles, watch glass, glass stirring rods, several different beakers and pipetts, a funnel, and storage bottles with blank labels. These common items will be easier to find as well. However, there is a possibility that you won’t have to obtain these items at all, that you will just pay a fee to the school and they will be purchased for you, readily available in class.

What to get without a chemistry lab materials list

If you are still interested in operating some lab test and you don’t have a chemistry lab materials list, you should be able to work with just a few items. Excluding the chemicals you will need for your tests, you basically need a few containers that will be able to withstand the harsh chemicals. Glass containers will always work best as they are strong and don’t absorb the items within them. Even using your common glass measuring cup would work, along with some other glass items and you’ll be on your way to mixing and testing in your own homemade lab.




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