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Publications from H.M.S. Beagle

Over the years, we've written a number of short documents on various science-related subjects. These will be available for download and distribution here.

Although we provide these documents at no charge, and do not require anything special if you want to use or redistribute them, we do ask that you credit us as the source, complete with a link to this page, if you use or distribute more than three copies of any document. Thanks!

Chemistry Documents

Flagship Chemistry: Benchmark Chemicals Legacy Chemical Set -- A Great Introduction to Chemistry!

Recreating the full list from the famous A.C. Gilbert chemistry sets, this document is the companion to recently-released line of chemicals for the home experimenter and chemistry enthusiast.

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Flagship Chemistry: The H.M.S. Beagle Master Chemistry Set -- The Ultimate in Home Chemistry Sets!

If the Benchmark Legacy Set above only whets your appetite for more, then this is the set for you. Chemicals, glassware, protective gear, books, and more - this is the kit that you *really* wanted when you were a kid. Find out more in the PDF linked below.

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Canned Heat or Gelled Alcohol

Make your own "Canned Heat" with simple chemicals.

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Crystal Garden

Grow your own "Crystal Garden."

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Dichromate Volcano Demonstration

Amaze your friends and family with this Dichromate Volcano demonstration!

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Elephant Toothpaste Demonstration

Amaze your classroom with the classic Elephant Toothpaste demonstration! This is a demonstration of oxidation and reduction carried out in a large graduated cylinder

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Flash Paper

Make your own flash paper: amaze your friends!

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Gerb Formulas

From our joint session of the High School Students' Science Alliance and the Make:KC group comes this discussion of how to make a gerb. Never run across the word before? Here's one definition, from Wikipedia: "A gerb is a type of firework which produces a jet of sparks, usually lasting between 15 and 60 seconds. It is a thick-walled tube filled with pyrotechnic composition and possessing a choke, which is a narrowing in the tube. Gerbs are often referred to as 'fountains'."

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Growing Chrome Alum or Mixed Alum Crystals

Ever wondered how to make your own spectacular crystals at home? Follow the steps in these documents to make either single crystals or sprays.

Growing Chrome Alum Crystals, Part 1 (right-click to download)
Growing Chrome Alum Crystals, Part 2 (right-click to download)

Industrial Acids and Bases

A document detailing the characteristics of acids and bases.

Industrial Acids and Bases (right-click to download)

Supersaturated Sodium Acetate Solution

This experiment demonstrates the exothermic reaction caused by the heat of crystallization.

Supersaturated Sodium Acetate Solution Instructions (right-click to download)

Geosciences

Mineral Testing and Identification

Trying to determine the difference between specimens of hematite and rutile? There are simple ways to help to narrow your identification down.

Mineral Identification Kit (right-click to download)
Mineral Streak Testing (right-click to download)

The Rockhound's Checklist

Going out into the field? Take a look at our handy checklist.

The Rockhound's Checklist (right-click to download)

Laboratory Knowledge

Get to know your laboratory - or look at building your own from the ground up. Here are some helpful tips.

Cork Stopper Sizes

Need to know how to close that flask before you fill it with interesting and exciting things? This document can help.

Cork Stopper Sizes (right-click to download)

Rubber Stopper Sizes

As above, only in rubber.

Rubber Stopper Sizes (right-click to download)

Thermometers: Some Helpful Information

Some helpful information regarding glass laboratory thermometers.

Thermometers (right-click to download)

Microscopy

Microscopy and Slide Preparation

There are many techniques which you must learn in order to successfully prepare slides for use with your microscope. Here are a few of them.

Gram Staining Technique (right-click to download)
Slide Mounting with Canada Balsam (right-click to download)
Slide Staining with Methylene Blue and Malachite Green (right-click to download)

Paleontology

Polly: A Psittacosaurus in Search of a Home

A brief photo-essay detailing how we came by our store's very own parrot-billed dinosaur.

Polly the Psittacosaurus Comes to Parkville

Physics

Electrostatics and Electricity

Fun and informative experiments with static electricity.

Electrostatics Experiments

Rocketry

Saltpetre and Sugar Rocket Fuel

A simple procedure for making a basic solid rocket propellant. WARNING: There is obvious danger here, and by following these instructions, you acknowledge that H.M.S. Beagle is in no way responsible for any injury or property damage which might result from your attention - or inattention - to these directions. By following these instructions, you also certify that you are of legal age in your municipality, if applicable. Be responsible.

Saltpetre and Sugar Rocket Fuel (right-click to download)

Zinc Dust and Sulfur Rocket Fuel

A simple procedure for making a basic solid rocket propellant. WARNING: There is obvious danger here, and by following these instructions, you acknowledge that H.M.S. Beagle is in no way responsible for any injury or property damage which might result from your attention - or inattention - to these directions. By following these instructions, you also certify that you are of legal age in your municipality, if applicable. Be responsible.

Zinc Dust and Sulfur Rocket Fuel (right-click to download).
Made 1 August 2008
Updated 10 August 2014.