Chemistry Techniques and Explorations: An Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Manual 

by Daniel R. Albert, Ph.D.

Keywords: Lab Manual, Chemistry

Danial Albert eTextbook Cover

About the Book

Chemistry Techniques and Explorations (2023) by Dr. Daniel R. Albert is an eTextbook laboratory manual for first semester introductory chemistry courses. The manual includes two different types of experiments (Technique and Exploration) designed to engage students in chemistry laboratory practices. Technique laboratories are designed for students to learn and practice chemistry laboratory skills that are utilized in a wide variety of disciplines. Exploration laboratories provide freedom and time for students to use previously acquired skills toward answering a new application focused question. Exploration laboratories help build the scientific thinking skills necessary to approach novel problems. The goal of this lab manual is to build both fundamental techniques and problem-solving skills that aid students in becoming practicing scientists.


  1. Safety and Record Keeping
  2. Separating Substances, Measuring Mass, and Analyzing Data – Technique Laboratory
  3. Measuring Volumes – Technique Laboratory
  4. Reaction Types and Qualitative Analysis – Technique Laboratory
  5. What is Contaminating the Water Supply? – Exploration Laboratory
  6. Titrations Technique Laboratory
  7. What is the Acidity of Vinegar? – Exploration Laboratory
  8. Absorption Spectroscopy Technique Laboratory
  9. What is the Dye Composition of a Drink?-Exploration Laboratory

General Information

  • Publication Year: 2023
  • Edition: First
  • Subject: Chemistry


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MLA: Albert, Daniel. Chemistry Techniques and Explorations An Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Manual. First, The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT), 2023.

APA: Albert, D. (2023). Chemistry Techniques and Explorations An Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Manual. (First). The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT).

Chicago: Albert, Daniel. Chemistry Techniques and Explorations An Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Manual. First. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Design of Open Textbooks (PA-ADOPT), 2023. 

Peer Review

This eTextbook went through an Open Peer Review process. The peer review process used the Open SUNY Textbook Peer Review Guidelines, allowing peer reviewers to read the text carefully and evaluate the following:

  • Educational Significance of Content including accuracy, appropriate and  useful materials, valid and significant concepts, models, and skills, and key  elements; 
  • Effectiveness as a Teaching Resource including a clear explanation of the  concepts, alignment of materials to the learning process of the target audience,  and alignment of the learning objectives with course goals; and 
  • Readability and Ease of Use including clarity and comprehensiveness,  consistent writing style, readability and ease of use (logic, sequence, and flow),  appropriateness for target readership level, and quality of Interactivity and  multimedia learning objects.

As a part of the open peer review process, the public review conducted by Dr. Ed Rajaseelan is made available: Peer Review Document (PDF).