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CK01A Standard/Honors Home School Chemistry Laboratory Kit

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CK01A kits are currently in stock and available for immediate shipping. Orders received by 10:00 a.m. eastern time on any business day normally ship that day. Orders received after 10:00 a.m. may ship that day but normally ship the following business day. (Shipments to addresses outside the US may require 5 to 8 additional business days for order processing.) We ship to street addresses and PO boxes in all 50 states via USPS Priority Mail, with typical delivery times of 1 to 3 business days. Kit prices include shipping to US addresses and APO/FPO addresses, but shipments to addresses outside the US incur a shipping surcharge.

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If you have questions before ordering, please email us at: support (at) thehomescientist dot com.

The CK01A kit includes one set of chemical splash goggles; the CK01AG kit includes a second set of splash goggles for a teacher or a second student. The CK01A-RK refill kit contains only the chemicals/consumables (no equipment). To order one of any item, click the Add to Cart button for that item. To order more than one of any item, click the Add to Cart button and then update the quantity for that item in the shopping cart before submitting the order.

If you are having the kit shipped internationally, review our Terms and Conditions for International Shipments. If you agree to these terms, click the appropriate Shipping Surcharge icon for the destination country to add that surcharge amount to your shopping cart. The surcharge covers additional shipping costs for one kit. If you are ordering multiple kits, please contact us at the email address above for a quote on shipping costs. The shipping surcharge on two or more kits will be higher than the surcharge on one kit, but significantly lower per kit than if you order multiple kits in separate orders. (If your country is not listed, email us for details about shipping costs and terms for that country.)

CK01A Chemistry Kit, $174:
CK01AG Chemistry Kit, $179:
CK01A-RK Chemistry Refill Kit, $136:
Shipping Surcharge (Canada), $44:
Shipping Surcharge (Great Britain), $64:
Shipping Surcharge (Australia), $69:

CK01A Homeschool Chemistry Kit

About the CK01A Chemistry Kit

Because chemistry is widely considered to be the most difficult lab course to do well—particularly on a tight budget—we offer the CK01A Standard/Honors Home School Chemistry Laboratory Kit. It provides a comprehensive, rigorous laboratory component for a first-year high school chemistry course, and does so affordably. With the exception of standard household items (such as table salt, sugar, vinegar, aluminum foil, foam cups, and so on) and other minor items that are readily available locally, the kit contains all of the special equipment and chemicals you'll need for a complete chemistry lab course.

The kit can be used with a religious curriculum or a secular curriculum, and is easy to coordinate with any standard chemistry textbook, including A Beka, Alpha Omega, Apologia, Bob Jones, CK-12, Real Science for Kids (RS4K) Chemistry II, RS4Teens Chemistry, and many others. The laboratory sessions encompass the entire range of topics typically covered in a first-year high school chemistry course. The kit contains sufficient material to provide lab sessions, interspersed with your lecture material, over the course of a full school year. For students who have already completed a first-year chemistry lecture course that did not include a lab component, you can use this kit as a standalone chemistry lab course taught on weekends during the school year or during the summer session.

For a student who will go on to major in college in chemistry or another science, the kit provides a rigorous, comprehensive first-year chemistry lab experience. For non-science majors, you can, at your option, reduce the rigor and scope of the chemistry lab experience simply by doing only selected core lab sessions, while still providing an essential introduction to chemistry lab concepts and procedures.

These kits are designed and produced by Robert Bruce Thompson, author of the best-selling Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments: All Lab, No Lecture, which has been used by thousands of homeschoolers to provide hands-on homeschool chemistry lab courses. As popular as that book is, we frequently receive email from readers asking if there is a way to do a rigorous first-year hands-on chemistry lab course without spending several hundred dollars or more on equipment and supplies. So we set out to design a homeschool chemistry kit that would be as inexpensive as possible while providing a full range of rigorous experiments.

The CK01A kit provides 39 hands-on chemistry experiments in 14 topic areas:

Topic I. Separating Mixtures

Session I-1: Recrystallization
Session I-2: Chromatography
Session I-3: Solvent Extraction
Session I-4: Salting Out

Topic II. Solubility and Solutions

Session II-1: Solubility as a Function of Temperature
Session II-2: Conductance of Ionic and Molecular Solutes
Session II-3: Colligative Properties of Solutions: Boiling Point Elevation and Freezing Point Depression

Topic III. Chemical Reactions and Stoichiometry

Session III-1:  Observe a Composition Reaction
Session III-2:  Observe a Decomposition Reaction
Session III-3:  Observe a Single Replacement Reaction
Session III-4:  Observe Double Replacement Reactions
Session III-5:  Stoichiometry of Double Displacement Reactions

Topic IV. Reduction-Oxidation (Redox) Reactions

Session IV-1: Observe Oxidation States of Manganese

Topic V. Acid-Base Chemistry

Session V-1: Determine the Effect of Concentration on pH and the pH Range of Indicators
Session V-2: Determine the Molarity of Vinegar by Titration

Topic VI. Chemical Kinetics

Session VI-1: Determining the Effect of Temperature, Concentration, and Surface Area on Reaction Rates
Session VI-2: Determining the Effect of a Catalyst on Reaction Rate
Session VI-3: Determining a Reaction Order

Topic VII. Chemical Equilibrium

Session VII-1: Observe Le Châtelier's Principle in Action
Session VII-2: Determine a Solubility Product Constant
Session VII-3: Observe the Characteristics of a Buffer Solution

Topic VIII. Gas Chemistry

Session VIII-1: Observe the Pressure-Volume Relationship of Gases (Boyle's Law)
Session VIII-2: Observe the Volume-Temperature Relationship of Gases (Charles' Law)
Session VIII-3: Determine Gas Mass Ratios by Effusion (Graham's Law)

Topic IX. Thermochemistry

Session IX-1: Determine Heat of Solution
Session IX-2: Determine Heat of Fusion of Ice
Session IX-3: Determine the Specific Heat of a Metal
Session IX-4: Determine the Enthalpy Change of a Reaction

Topic X. Electrochemistry

Session X-1: Observe Electrolysis
Session X-2: Observe the Electrochemical Oxidation of Iron
Session X-3: Measure Electrode Potentials
Session X-4: Build a Voltaic Cell

Topic XI. Photochemistry

Session XI-1: Photochemical Reaction of Iodine and Oxalate

Topic XII. Colloids and Suspensions

Session XII-1: Observe Some Properties of Colloids and Suspensions

Topic XIII. Analytical Chemistry

Session XIII-1. Determine Boron Concentration with Curcumin
Session XIII-2. Determine Salicylate Concentration in Urine
Session XIII-3. Determine Vitamin C Concentration in Urine
Session XIII-4: Detect Lead in Household Materials

Topic XIV. Synthetic Chemistry

Session XIV-1. Synthesize Esters

The CK01A kits include a complete PDF manual. You do not need the Illustrated Guide to Home Chemistry Experiments book to use this kit.



Kit Content (US Version)

The CK01A and CK01AG kits contain the following chemicals, equipment, and other materials. The CK01A-RK refill kit contains only the items listed in the Chemicals and Consumables group.

Chemicals and Consumables

Acetic acid, 6 M (30 mL)
Ammonia, 6 M (15 mL)
Ascorbic acid, 500 mg (5 tablets)
Barium nitrate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Bromothymol blue, 0.1% (15 mL)
Butanol (normal) (15 mL)
Calcium nitrate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Charcoal, activated (~ 2 g vial)
Chromatography paper (8.5X11” sheet)
Cobalt chloride test paper
Copper wire (~ 10 cm)
Copper(II) sulfate, 1.0 M (30 mL)
Cotton balls (small supply)
Cotton swabs (small supply)
Hydrochloric acid, 6.0 M (30 mL)
Iodine/iodide solution, 0.1 M (30 mL)
Iron nail (1)
Iron wool (small supply)
Iron(II) sulfate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Iron(III) chloride, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Lead(II) acetate, 0.1 M (30 mL)
Magnesium strip (~ 10 cm)
Magnesium sulfate (~ 25 g)
Methyl orange, 0.1% (15 mL)
Methyl red, 0.02% (15 mL)
Oxalic acid, 0.5 M (30 mL)
Phenolphthalein, 1% IPA (15 mL)
Phosphoric acid, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Potassium bromide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium dichromate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium ferricyanide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium iodide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium permanganate, 0.1 M (30 mL)
Salicylic acid (~ 15 g)
Sodium bicarbonate, 650 mg (~ 20 tablets)
Sodium bisulfite, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Sodium borate, 0.1% w/r to boron (30 mL)
Sodium carbonate, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Sodium ferrocyanide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Sodium hydroxide, 6.0 M (30 mL)
Sodium salicylate, 200 ppm salicylate (30 mL)
Sodium sulfide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Sodium thiosulfate, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Starch indicator solution (15 mL)
Sulfuric acid, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Thymol blue, 0.04% (15 mL)
Turmeric reagent (15 mL)
Vegetable oil (30 mL)
Wide-range pH test paper

Equipment

□ Alligator patch cord, black
□ Alligator patch cord, red
□ Battery, 9V
□ Battery adapter, 9V
□ Beakers, polypropylene, 50 mL
□ Beakers, polypropylene, 100 mL
□ Beaker, glass, 250 mL
□ Centrifuge tubes, 15 mL
□ Centrifuge tubes, 50 mL, self-standing
□ Cylinder, graduated, polypropylene, 10 mL
□ Cylinder, graduated, polypropylene, 100 mL
□ Goggles, chemical splash, w/ cap vents
□ Goggles, chemical splash, w/ cap vents, 2nd set [CK01AG only]
□ Pipettes, polyethylene, thin-stem
□ Reaction plate, 24-well
□ Reaction plate, 96-well
□ Ruler (6”/150mm)
□ Sharpie marking pen
□ Spatula, stainless, 4”, flat/spoon
□ Stirring rod, 6” x 5mm
□ Syringe, 10 mL oral, with cap
□ Stoppers
□ Test tube brush
□ Test tube clamp
□ Test tube rack
□ Test tubes
□ Thermometer
□ Wire gauze
□ Wood splints

The CK01AG kit includes a second set of chemical splash goggles, for use by the teacher or a second student.

Kit Content (APO/FPO and International Version)

The CK01A and CK01AG kits contain the following chemicals, equipment, and other materials. The CK01A-RK refill kit contains only the items listed in the Chemicals and Consumables group.

Chemicals and Consumables

Acetic acid, 9.9% (~1.7 M), 100 mL
Ammonia, 9.9% (~ 5.5 M), 15 mL
Ascorbic acid, 500 mg (5 tablets)
Barium nitrate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Bromothymol blue, 0.1% (15 mL)
Calcium nitrate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Charcoal, activated (~ 2 g vial)
Chromatography paper (8.5X11” sheet)
Cobalt chloride test paper
Copper wire (~ 10 cm)
Copper(II) sulfate, 1.0 M (30 mL)
Cotton balls (small supply)
Cotton swabs (small supply)
Hydrochloric acid, 0.9% (~ 0.3 M), 100 mL
Iodine/iodide solution, 0.1 M (30 mL)
Iron nail (1)
Iron wool (small supply)
Iron(II) sulfate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Iron(III) chloride, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Lead(II) acetate, 0.1 M (30 mL)
Magnesium sulfate (~ 25 g)
Methyl orange, 0.1% (15 mL)
Methyl red, 0.02% (15 mL)
Phenolphthalein powder to make 15 mL
Potassium bromide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium dichromate, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium ferricyanide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium iodide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Potassium oxalate, dibasic, 0.5 M, (30 mL) (substitute source of oxalate ion; replaces oxalic acid)
Potassium permanganate, 0.1 M (30 mL)
Potassium phosphate, dibasic, 1.0 M, (15 mL) (substitute source of phosphate ion; replaces phosphoric acid)
Salicylic acid (~ 15 g)
Sodium bicarbonate, 650 mg (~ 20 tablets)
Sodium bisulfite, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Sodium borate, 0.1% w/r to boron (30 mL)
Sodium carbonate, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Sodium ferrocyanide, 0.1 M (15 mL)
Sodium salicylate, 200 ppm salicylate (30 mL)
Sodium sulfate, 1 g (substitute raw material for sodium sulfide solution)
Sodium thiosulfate, 1.0 M (15 mL)
Starch indicator solution (15 mL)
Thymol blue, 0.04% (15 mL)
□ Turmeric powder to make 15 mL
Vegetable oil (30 mL)
Wide-range pH test paper

Equipment

□ Alligator patch cord, black
□ Alligator patch cord, red
□ Battery, 9V
□ Battery adapter, 9V
□ Beakers, polypropylene, 50 mL
□ Beakers, polypropylene, 100 mL
□ Beaker, glass, 250 mL
□ Centrifuge tubes, 15 mL
□ Centrifuge tubes, 50 mL, self-standing
□ Cylinder, graduated, polypropylene, 10 mL
□ Cylinder, graduated, polypropylene, 100 mL
□ Goggles, chemical splash, w/ cap vents
□ Goggles, chemical splash, w/ cap vents, 2nd set [CK01AG only]
□ Pipettes, polyethylene, thin-stem
□ Reaction plate, 24-well
□ Reaction plate, 96-well
□ Ruler (6”/150mm)
□ Sharpie marking pen
□ Spatula, stainless, 4”, flat/spoon
□ Stirring rod, 6” x 5mm
□ Syringe, 10 mL oral, with cap
□ Stoppers
□ Test tube brush
□ Test tube clamp
□ Test tube rack
□ Test tubes
□ Thermometer
□ Wire gauze
□ Wood splints

The CK01AG kit includes a second set of chemical splash goggles, for use by the teacher or a second student.


Please note: many of the materials included in the CK01A kits are hazardous if handled or used improperly. Before opening or using the kit, please take the time to read the Material Safety Data Sheets, and observe all recommended precautions and safety measures while using the kit.



Documentation and Support

Rather than include a printed manual, we provide the instruction manual for this kit in PDF format, which can be read on any computer and on most tablets, smart phones, ebook readers, and similar devices. Reading the manual requires Adobe Reader, which is already installed on most computers and other reading devices. If you need to install it, visit the Adobe Reader download page. You can copy and print all or parts of this manual as often as necessary for personal use. We recommend printing and reading each lab session before you begin the session. Use the printed material for reference as you do the session.

We also provide a PDF copy of the answer key, which provides detailed answers to the questions posed at the end of each lab session. In an attempt to keep students from "peeking", we don't make this answer key freely downloadable. Instead, we'll email you a copy when you submit your order.

Each kit purchase includes an account in our on-line support forums.

Terms and Conditions for International Shipments

By placing an order for a kit or kits to be shipped to an address outside the US, you acknowledge that you understand and agree to the following terms and conditions:
  • The contents of the international version of the CK01A kit are very similar but not identical to the contents of the US version of the CK01A kit. Some of the chemicals in the US version are prohibited by international hazardous materials shipping regulations. Wherever possible we have provided non-hazardous substitutes, For example, the US kit includes 30 mL of 6 M (34%) acetic acid, while the international version substitutes 100 mL of 1.7 M (9.9%) acetic acid. We are unable to ship internationally sodium hydroxide solution in any concentration or amount, but you can make up your own from sodium hydroxide obtained locally under the names of "lye" or "crystal drain opener". Click the link to view a complete list of the differences between the CK01A US and international versions.
  • You are responsible for determining whether it is legal for you to have a kit shipped to you. There are so many international jurisdictions that it’s impossible for us to do so. In practice, in the past many buyers have probably ignored this issue, and we’ve never had any delivery problems with any of the many kits we’ve shipped internationally.
  • You may (or may not) have to pay additional fees, taxes, customs duties, VAT, and so on, which are normally collected by your local postal service. We ship via USPS Priority Mail International because it is by far the least expensive method. Neither the USPS nor (to the best of our knowledge) other national postal services collect the very high customs brokerage fees often charged by UPS and other third-party shippers.
  • Delivery times can be extended. In the US, our kits generally ship the same day the order is received or the following day, and arrive within 1 to 3 business days. For shipments to Canada, Great Britain, and Australia, 6 to 10 business days in transit is typical, and it may take longer. In particular, hold-ups in customs are unpredictable. The kit may arrive in the destination country a few days after we mail it, and then sit in customs for anything from a few hours to two weeks or more. Also, although we normally ship kits to US addresses within one business day of receiving the order, shipments of kits to international addresses may require several days' lead time. (We stock the international versions of our kits in relatively small numbers, although we try hard to keep them in stock at all times. If a kit is in stock, we ship same-day or next-day. If we're out of stock on the kit, it may require several days' lead time to build a new batch.)
  • Because we have no control over or ability to track or follow-up on international shipments, all kits shipped to addresses outside the US are FOB Winston-Salem, NC, USA. In effect, that means our responsibility ends when we hand the package to the US Postal Service carrier. (After evaluating insurance costs and policies, we elected not to offer insurance on international shipments. It's expensive, claims are often arbitrarily denied, and even if a claim is approved it may take literally months to be paid. At that, the pay-out is often a small percentage of the actual loss, and getting even that may require hours on the phone.) We have shipped scores of kits internationally--to Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia--and to date none of them has been lost or damaged. If you do experience delivery problems, which we think is unlikely, we will on request email you a PDF copy of the postage label and customs documentation that you can provide to your local post office or other authority.
Note that shipping surcharges are calculated on the basis of shipping one kit. If you're ordering multiple kits--BK01 Biology Kits, CK01A Chemistry Kits, or a combination--we can combine them in one box, reducing the per-kit shipping surcharge. For example, the shipping surcharge for one kit shipped to a Canadian address is $44. For two kits, it's $65, for three kits, $86, and for four kits, $107. We can combine at most four kits in one shipment.






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