What are some examples of common laboratory apparatus?

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Laboratory apparatus vary from laboratory to laboratory, depending on the laboratory's subject of focus. For example, a physics laboratory will have different apparatus than a chemistry laboratory.

Here are some of the common laboratory apparatus (and each one's purpose) for a chemistry laboratory:

  • Bunsen burner: for heating samples
  • Test tubes: for holding small samples that will undergo reactions
  • Erlenmeyer/ conical flask: for sample storage or titration experiments
  • Burette: for titration experiments and/or adding precise volume of a liquid to a container
  • Pipette: for adding precise volume of a liquid to another liquid or glassware
  • weighing balance: for measuring the mass of substances, such as salts and filter paper
  • Graduated cylinders: come in various sizes and are used for measuring the volume of liquids
  • Beakers: available in various sizes and are used as reaction vessels or for sample storage
  • Funnel: typically made of glass and used for transferring liquids from one container to another

There are a number of other common apparatus, including wire gauge, droppers, wash bottle, volumetric flask, and tongs.

Hope this helps. 

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