Introduction to Experimental Chemistry

A cyanotype of the MIT's Great Dome.

This cyanotype was produced by the photochemical reaction of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to form the deep blue complex ferric ferrocyanide, also known as Prussian blue. (Image courtesy of Meder Kamalov.)


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January IAP 2005



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This course features a complete laboratory experiment manual. This 1-week course is offered during MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) - a special 4-week term that runs the full month of January.

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5.302 is a 3-unit course intended to provide freshmen with a stimulating and enjoyable "hands-on" experience with chemical phenomena. The aim of this course is to provide freshmen with an opportunity to get "up close and personal" with the chemical phenomena introduced in 5.111, 5.112 and 3.091. Interesting and dramatic experiments have been selected to illustrate and reinforce the concepts and principles introduced in the chemistry core lecture courses.



The experiments described in these materials are potentially hazardous and require a high level of safety training, special facilities and equipment, and supervision by appropriate individuals. You bear the sole responsibility, liability, and risk for the implementation of such safety procedures and measures. MIT shall have no responsibility, liability, or risk for the content or implementation of any of the material presented.

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Janet Schrenk. 5.302 Introduction to Experimental Chemistry. January IAP 2005. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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