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Elementary Chemistry; for Beginners

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THIS volume of 144 pages consists of an expansion of the author's notes of lessons prepared for teaching children from nine to thirteen years of age according to the outlines given in the education code. The information is conveyed in familiar language, and each chapter closes with a series of questions which are well calculated to test the child's progress. It is a pity to issue any book that deals with scientific matters without a contents table and an index, and we fear that the absence of these in the present case will lead to inconvenience. And we would suggest that the quantities selected for the examples might approximate more closely to those most generally employed. The hydrogen from the use of a ton of zinc, the preparation of 1000 lbs. of carbon dioxide, eighteen quarts of oxygen mixed with an equal volume of hydrogen and exploded, ten gallons of hydrogen mixed with half its volume of chlorine and exposed to sunlight, indicate experiments on an extravagant if not an appalling scale. These, however, are matters of detail. The notes of so successful a teacher as Mr. Jerome Harrison cannot fail to be valuable to others who are engaged in a like work as well as to the students themselves.

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