This page details common laboratory equipment and their appropriate use. Knowing the proper use will help ensure safe laboratory practices.
Used for measuring mass.
Used to hold, mix, and heat liquids.
Used to pick up beakers.
Frequently used as a heat source in the absence of flammable materials.
Used for dispensing an accurate volume of a liquid.
Used to support a crucible during heating.
Used for holding chemicals during heating to very high temperatures.
Used to hold crucibles.
Used to hold and mix chemicals. The small neck is to facilitate mixing without spilling.
Used to heat liquids for evaporation.
Used to pick up or hold small objects.
Used to transfer liquids or fine-grained materials into containers with small openings. Also used for filtration.
Used to measure a precise volume of a liquid.
Mortar and Pestle
Used to crush and grind materials.
Used to draw liquids into a pipe.
Used with a ring stand to hold glassware, such as a beaker or a funnel.
Used to hold or clamp laboratory glassware and other equipment in place, so it does not fall down or come apart.
Used to transfer solids.
Used to light a Bunsen burner.
Used for stirring and mixing.
Used to hold and mix liquids.
Test Tube Clamp
Used to hold a test tube, particularly when hot.
Test Tube Rack
Used to hold several test tubes at one time.
Thermometer (digital or alcohol, not mercury)
Used to measure temperature in Celsius.
Used to secure glassware to a ring stand.
Used to prepare solutions to an accurate volume.
Used to measure small amounts of liquid very accurately. Never pipet by mouth! Use pipetting aids.
Used to rinse pieces of glassware and to add small quantities of water.
Used to hold solids while they are being weighed or to cover a beaker.
Used to support a container, such as a beaker, on a ring stand while it is being heated. May have a fiberglass or ceramic center.