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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 11:13


I can't speak for the editor, but I think as many writers as possible is great:)

What area of chemistry do you specialise in?




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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 11:36


I am interested in electrolysis, and I have learned a lot about it on this forum. As a writer I would mostly like to describe the steps of procedures like synthesis, distillation, warnings, etc. Is the book going to show how to calculate molar mass? I like using moles for measuring chemicals so I can get the perfect stoichiometry, unless an excess is acceptable. I look forward to helping!
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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 18:14


I had a list of errors I had found in the reaction vessel section of bromics book, however my internet failed on me and I lost it all, so here are the things I can recall.

-A 105 degree vacuum adapter in the picture section is incorrectly labeled a 90 degree vacuum adapter.

-Pyrex is used synonymously with borosilicate glass, this is however incorrect as Pyrex is first of all a brand, and secondly not all borosilicate uses the same composition as Pyrex brand corning glassware uses.

-There is a section detailing the use of pyrex cookware, bought at the grocery store, being used in the lab. There is a warning, stating the dangers of doing this, however is believe this section should be taken out to avoid confusion by the new chemist.

This is a very small list, i know, but i am not up to rereading the whole section to yet again find the inaccuracies I spotted earlier. Hope this small contribution helps.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 18:18


Also, I will be going through the rest of the book and contributing what ever I can. I think this is a really good community project and will benefit all amateur chemists.
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[*] posted on 11-5-2012 at 20:46


Thank you all for your interest! You will have to excuse me for not working on the book lately, since I have finals coming up all week... But after that, I will most certainly be back on the job.

Anything you want to write for the book is greatly encouraged, just remember all of Bromic's stipulations from the beginning of this thread, most specifically being no copyrighted material (without proper citation of course).

Anything and everything is accepted at the discretion of BromicAcid and myself, but we will most likely use it if you spent the time to contribute something.

Thoroughly appreciate all of your enthusiasm! :D




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[*] posted on 13-5-2012 at 05:20


So, what part of the book would you like me to work on? I've got plenty of time today.
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[*] posted on 13-5-2012 at 07:23


Well, if you head over to Bromic's webpage and look at the chapters list, grab any of the chapters that still have a majority of red. I have already updated chapter one and am working on two now.

Thanks in advance!




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[*] posted on 20-5-2012 at 06:48


Alright, I am looking for someone who knows something about the production of ceramics. If you do please U2U me or drop a reply here. Also, I need a picture of a crucible and a distillation setup.

I'll ask for more again soon, thanks in advance to anyone who contributes! :)




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[*] posted on 20-5-2012 at 13:25


Also, check out the updates to Chapter One! They are on Bromic's webpage!

http://www.bromicacid.com/bookprogress.htm

Enjoy!

Chapter Two coming this week!

[Edited on 20-5-2012 by sargent1015]

Also looking for someone that knows about the different types of plastics and their preferred usages.

[Edited on 21-5-2012 by sargent1015]




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[*] posted on 23-5-2012 at 11:16


I'm no expert on plastics, but I do know that UHMWPE is best used for parts that are to withstand a lot of friction.
Polypropylene can withstand autoclaving temperatures while HDPE cannot (that's always good to know).
Polystyrene shatters more readily than polypropylene, so you can't use it in applications involving high pressures.
Polylactic acid is a great polymer to use when biodegradability is an important factor.
Cellulose acetate would probably be one of the easiest polymers for the average person to synthesise if it weren't for the restriction on the purchase and resale of acetic anhydride.
Overall though, PVC is by far the cheapest polymer to obtain and it's good for most purposes where glass is unnecessary or too expensive.




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[*] posted on 23-5-2012 at 15:20


Thanks White Yeti :) I'll throw that into the book now. It's always better to have a member contribute something than have to google it. It's a book written by the enthusiasts.



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biggrin.gif posted on 28-5-2012 at 07:39
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Alright, chapter 2 has been updated, along with the safety section in chapter 1, thanks to Hexavalent.

Here is the PDF to chapter 1:
http://carrageenan.synology.me/bromicacid/book/PDFs/bookchap...

As you will see, I need a picture of safety goggles and safety glasses.

I also still need pictures of all the glassware. Remember, COPYRIGHT FREE ONLY.

A link to the website to check out all the updates is in my signature!




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[*] posted on 28-5-2012 at 13:57


I can offer pictures of some glassware. A person you might want to contact for the advanced/complicated stuff is Dr Bob, hes got a garage full of lab ware from a lab that went out of business.
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[*] posted on 28-5-2012 at 18:24
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Quote: Originally posted by Fossil  
I can offer pictures of some glassware. A person you might want to contact for the advanced/complicated stuff is Dr Bob, hes got a garage full of lab ware from a lab that went out of business.


It would be great if you could take pictures with a black background. Any piece of glassware is fair game, but if you check out the book (chapter 2), the pictures there are the ones that need updating. I will U2U my email. That way we can use greater resolution pics.

Thanks in advance! I will also look into some of the exotics when I get to that chapter. Trust me, this is a LONG process and there are chapters that will take weeks to proofread and update.




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[*] posted on 2-6-2012 at 13:46


How is this in terms of background? I will get better quality images, however I don't want to take a bunch with a bad background.

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[*] posted on 2-6-2012 at 14:24


It's up to the editor, but I think that looks quite nice; much better than my shoddy background seen in my example photo upthread.



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[*] posted on 2-6-2012 at 18:56


Thank you, though I will be taking pictures with a "real" camera as opposed to my phone shortly.
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[*] posted on 3-6-2012 at 12:11


Quote: Originally posted by Fossil  
How is this in terms of background? I will get better quality images, however I don't want to take a bunch with a bad background.




Perfect, these will look great! Let me know when you can/have sent them! :D




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[*] posted on 3-6-2012 at 17:36


Also, AHW214 submitted a fantastic photo, be sure to look for it in the next updates!

Just goes to show you how beautiful Chemistry and even glassware is! :)




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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 00:43


If you need pictures for the book of compounds or certain elements, then you may use the pictures I donated to the Wikipedia community:

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category : Photographs_by_Wilco_Oelen

It's not glassware, but many compounds. This kind of pictures certainly can enhance the book. Maybe you can also use some of the texts from my website in some modified form, I'll look into that. A good book on home chemistry for a honest price would be a good thing!

Hmmm... I cannot post the link, the forum software simply does not take it :mad:
Please copy the text from the window (the http-part and the part Photographs_by_Wilco_Oelen) and put all of it in the address bar of your browser and remove the spaces around the colon just before the word Photographs.

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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 03:44


Very nice photos, woelen - congratulations!

Where did you purchase those nice glass sample vials with the black caps?




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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 04:04


I would like to be a part of this project but I need to know what part I could make. Can someone make me a short list of thing that I could do for this project.

Thanks!!!




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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 04:23


Quote: Originally posted by plante1999  
I would like to be a part of this project but I need to know what part I could make. Can someone make me a short list of thing that I could do for this project.

Thanks!!!



If you head over to the website in my signature, there is a list of topics still yet to be done. Choose any of them that you are familiar with and read all of Bromic's conditions before submitting anything (1st page of this thread).

Thanks in advance!



Woelen: Those look great! The more pictures this book has, the better! Like the old school chem texts.




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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 05:29


Quote: Originally posted by woelen  
Hmmm... I cannot post the link, the forum software simply does not take it
Here's how: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:‍Photographs_by_Wilco_Oelen. In the URL, there's the URL encoding "%3A" for the colon. For the text, there's a little-known cheat: the Unicode character U+200D, the "zero-width joiner". It's a character that's effectively invisible, but interrupts the smiley detection.

You can also click the "Disable Smilies" box when posting.
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[*] posted on 4-6-2012 at 10:46


Quote: Originally posted by watson.fawkes  
Quote: Originally posted by woelen  
Hmmm... I cannot post the link, the forum software simply does not take it
Here's how: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:‍Photographs_by_Wilco_Oelen. In the URL, there's the URL encoding "%3A" for the colon. For the text, there's a little-known cheat: the Unicode character U+200D, the "zero-width joiner". It's a character that's effectively invisible, but interrupts the smiley detection.

You can also click the "Disable Smilies" box when posting.



Thanks for the help Watson!

I am so excited by the amount of help everyone is giving! Thank you everyone, keep on submitting!




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