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Laboratory Exercises in Inorganic Chemistry

Nature volume 110, page 602 (04 November 1922) | Download Citation



THE first question which must be considered in connexion with a book of this kind is the class of students for whom it is intended. The preface indicates that it contains a first year's course for students who have had “a good training in chemistry in the high school.” It is unsuitable for such students in England, as many of the experiments would already have been done at school, and many of the remainder would be regarded as too difficult for Intermediate students. The “International” character of the book is therefore open to question. Although the book is not suitable as a students' manual in English colleges, it should be very useful in suggesting experiments to teachers, both for lectures and for laboratory work. Many of the directions are given in unnecessary detail for students of average intelligence: how to light a Bunsen burner, for example, and there is a good deal of repetition. The blank pages are included in the pagination.

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