Lab glassware for Dummies

I plan on writing more about chemical process in the future, in particular due to my interest in colonization of the planet Venus. Since there will be no surface access one has to rely on gasses in the atmosphere as local resources. That means any discussion of manufacture and production on Venus will involve chemistry. Here is a quick rundown of the most common glassware used in labs.

Dropping funnels are useful for adding reagents slowly, i.e. drop-wise

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Condensers are used to cool liquid to gas.

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Erlenmeyer flask. The tapered sides and narrow neck of this flask allow the contents of the flask to be mixed by swirling, without risk of spillage

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Beaker’s are very general purpose. Holding solutions, preparing solutions, mixing, measure, pouring.

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Round-bottom flask are used for heating. A round bottom makes it better suited for evenly distributing heat.

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