Chemicals and Elements

(also see our "Lab Supplies" page for Chemistry equipment)

Many customers, especially around Christmas time, ask if we sell chemistry sets. When we first started Science Is..., we had to say no, since decent quality chemistry sets were extremely hard to find and we preferred not to sell the "wimpy" ones.  (See www.thestar.com/printArticle/285993) 

The reason this has been so difficult is the unfortunate state of society today where everyone is wary of being sued by everyone else.  So, most "safe" chemistry sets available in stores these days have such watered down chemicals and poor equipment that they are quite dull, particularly when compared to the chemistry sets that were available 40 or more years ago (like the ones I had when I was young.... oh, did I just give away my age?). We have decided to take a stand and provide good quality chemistry equipment and supplies to the public.  However, we still need to control our risk, which is why we reserve the right to refuse to sell certain materials altogether, and we will also refuse to sell to anyone that we determine, in our opinion, to be unable or unwilling to handle the materials safely.  Please note the section below on the "Dangerous Goods Declaration and Agreement", as well as the section on possible additional shipping charges.  

A few scattered elements:
CHEM.01   Magnesium, metal, fine wire                      $2.95/tube
CHEM.02
   Magnesium, ribbon, 1 metre                      $4.00/metre
CHEM.03
   Zinc, metal, chips, 50 g vial                        $3.00/vial
CHEM.04
   Iron, metal filings, 35 g                                $2.95/vial
CHEM.05
   Carbon (graphite) extra fine powder 6 g      $4.95/tube
ELEC.06
  Nickel electrode element                               $7.00 each
ELEC.07
  Aluminum electrode element                          $3.00 each
ELEC.08
  Iron electrode element                                   $3.00 each
ELEC.09
   Lead electrode element                                  $3.00 each
ELEC.10
  Copper electrode element                              $3.00 each
ELEC.11
   Carbon electrode element (round rod shape) $3.00 each (temporarily out of stock)
ELEC.1
1a  Carbon electrode element (bar shape)           $6.00 each (5" long, 1" wide, 1/4" thick)
ELEC.12
  Zinc electrode element                                   $3.00 each
ELEC.47
   Brass electrode element                                 $3.00 each
ELEC.62
   Tin electrode element                                     $7.00 each (nearly pure tin metal, not tin plated stuff)
ELEC.91
   Bronze electrode element                               $7.00 each
ELEC.92  
Stainless Steel electrode element                     $6.00 each
ELEC.93  
Magnesium electrode element                         $6.00 each

We are occasionally asked by home schooling parents to provide several hard to get chemicals, especially various metal chlorides and nitrates. For these customers (or anyone else that needs small amounts of these materials), we now have these chemicals available individually, or in an assortment as follows.

Chemical Assortment - Chlorides
Individually packaged, one (1) gram each of:
Calcium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Copper Chloride,
Lithium Chloride, Strontium Chloride, Cobalt Chloride
CHEM.35   $14.95 pkg

Chemical Assortment - Nitrates
Individually packaged, one (1) gram each of:
Calcium Nitrate, Potassium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrate,
Magnesium Nitrate, Strontium Nitrate, Barium Nitrate
CHEM.36   $14.95 pkg

Chemicals
We sell chemicals in small amounts for science experiments.  Most teachers, homeschoolers and science fair students find this is a convenient way of buying what they need without purchasing (for example) 2 kilograms of something from a big chemical supplier, then have 1.995 kilograms lying around unused.  There are limits to the types and amounts of chemicals we can carry. We have however, greatly expanded the number of chemicals we have available, due to customer demand. Here are some of the more common ones that we get asked to provide in small quantities. (As some of these materials are potentially harmful or even fatal if misused or abused, persons purchasing chemicals must be over 18 years of age and will assume all responsibility for the transportation, storage and use of the materials after purchase. The buyer will be required to sign a Dangerous Goods Declaration and Agreement to that effect, before purchase is made.)  A word about shipping... MANY CHEMICALS CANNOT BE MAILED!  If necessary, chemicals may have to be shipped by courier, as it is usually unsafe to send them by regular mail.  Liquid chemicals are particularly dangerous.  This MAY result in an additional shipping charge if the chemicals cannot be delivered by hand or picked up at our Calgary showroom.  If necessary, the MINIMUM additional shipping charge for courier service is $25 per shipment (NOT per chemical) so it may be to your advantage to order several chemicals at the same time.  Courier charges will increase with greater distance from Calgary, with the most expensive situation being shipment across international borders, typically into the United States. (If you do order from the USA, be prepared for a big hassle with U.S. Customs.)  

CHEM.01
     Magnesium, metal, fine wire   $2.95/tube
CHEM.02
     Magnesium, ribbon, 1 metre   $4.00
CHEM.03
     Zinc, metal, chips, 50 grams   $3.00
CHEM.04
     Iron, filings, 35 g   $2.95
CHEM.05
     Carbon (graphite) extra fine powder 6 g   $4.95/tube
CHEM.06
     Copper Sulfate, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.07
     Sodium Thiosulfate, 40 g   $3.00
CHEM.08
     Potassium Permanganate, 10 g   $3.00
CHEM.09
     Lead Nitrate, 20 g   $3.00
CHEM.10
     Potassium Iodide, 10 g   $8.00
CHEM.11
a   Bromothymol Blue, 0.04% sol’n, 30 ml   $6.00
CHEM.12
a   Hydrochloric Acid, 10% sol'n, 30 ml   $3.00
CHEM.13
     Aluminum Potassium Sulfate, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.14
     Ammonium Phosphate, monobasic, 50 g   $4.00
CHEM.15
a   Methylene Blue, 1% solution, 30 ml   $8.00
CHEM.16
     Calcium Acetate, 30 g   $4.00
CHEM.17
     Calcium Hydroxide, 50 g   $2.00
CHEM.18    
Ammonium Chloride, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.19    
Sulfur, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.20    
Aluminum Sulfate, 20 g   $3.00
CHEM.21    
Calcium Chloride, 40 g   $3.00
CHEM.22    
Sodium Tetraborate, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.23    
Potassium Nitrate, 30 g   $8.00
CHEM.24    
Sodium Nitrate, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.25    
Potassium Chloride, 30 g   $3.00
CHEM.26    
Potassium Chlorate, 20 g   $8.00
CHEM.27    
Potassium Sulfate, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.28    
Copper Chloride, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.29    
Lithium Chloride, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.30    
Strontium Chloride, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.31    
Barium Nitrate, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.32    
Calcium Nitrate, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.33    
Magnesium Nitrate, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.34    
Strontium Nitrate, 1 g   $3.00
CHEM.37
a   Benedict's Solution, 30 ml   $6.00
CHEM.38
     Iron Sulfate (Ferrous Sulfate), 40 g   $3.00
CHEM.39
     Zinc Oxide, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.40
     Oxalic Acid, crystals, 30 g   $4.00
CHEM.41
     Calcium Oxide, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.42
     Magnesium Oxide, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.43
     Cobalt Chloride (Cobaltous Chloride), 1 g   $4.00
CHEM.44
     Iron Chloride (Ferric Chloride, Iron (III) Chloride), 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.45
     Sodium Bisulfite, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.46
     Potassium Dichromate, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.47
     Polyvinyl Alcohol, solid (comes with instructions and slime recipe), 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.48
     Magnesium Chloride, 50 g   $5.00
CHEM.49
     Urea, 40 g   $4.00
CHEM.52    
Magnesium Sulfate, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.53    
Sodium Hydroxide, 50 g   $4.00
CHEM.54a  
Glycerine, 100 ml   $5.00
CHEM.55a  
Phenolphthalein, 30 ml, 0.5% solution in 70% isopropyl alcohol   $8.00
CHEM.57B  
Copper, metal shavings/chips, Grade "B" shredded recycled wire.  50 g   $3.00
                        NOTE: Not a pure substance.  May contain up to 10% contaminants, notably tin/solder, plastic bits. 
                        (For clean, solid copper, see ELEC.10 above)
CHEM.59    
Barium Chloride, dihydrate, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.60    
Sodium Sulfate, 50 g   $4.00
CHEM.61a  
Iodine Solution for starch test, 30 ml   $8.00
CHEM.62    
Nickel Sulfate 6-hydrate, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.63a  
Sulfuric Acid, 0.5 M solution, 30 ml   $4.00 (This is NOT concentrated sulfuric acid, so don't ask)
CHEM.64.lab  
Manganese Dioxide, laboratory grade, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.64.nat
   Manganese Dioxide 85%, native (natural, unrefined), 10 g    $3.00
CHEM.65a  
Silver Nitrate, 0.1 M solution, 30 ml   $8.00
CHEM.66    
Copper II Sulfate, anhydrous, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.67    
Copper Nitrate (Cupric Nitrate), 10 g   $3.00
CHEM.68    
Citric Acid, 40 g   $3.00
CHEM.69    
Sodium Carbonate, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.70    
Lycopodium Powder, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.71    
Ethyl Alcohol, 90.7% ("Reagent Alcohol"), 250 ml    $8.00  (Used as fuel for alcohol burners or to extract pigments from organic material))
CHEM.71c  
Denatured Alcohol (denatured ethyl alcohol), 120 ml  $4.00 (Used as fuel for alcohol burners)
CHEM.71d  
Denatured Alcohol (denatured ethyl alcohol), 250 ml  $8.00 (Used as fuel for alcohol burners)
CHEM.72    
Ammonium Nitrate, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.73    
Sodium Iodide, 10 g   $4.00
CHEM.74    
Calcium Carbonate, 50 g   $3.00
CHEM.76    
Potassium Hydroxide, 50 g   $4.00
CHEM.77a  
Biuret Reagent, 30 ml   $8.00  (test for proteins)
CHEM.78-50ml  
Methyl Orange Indicator, 0.1%, 50 ml   $8.00
CHEM.79    
Luminol, powder form, 1 g   $20.00
CHEM.80a  
Nitric Acid, dilute (1 M solution), 30 ml   $8.00
CHEM.82   
Sodium Silicate solution for crystal gardens ("Magic Rocks" solution), 250 ml  $8.00
CHEM.83    
Zinc Sulfide, 40 g   $4.00
CHEM.84    
Sodium Acetate, anhydrous, 50 g   $4.00
CHEM.85    
Aluminum, metal, powder, 200 mesh, 50 g   $25.00
CHEM.86    
Zinc, metal, powder, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.87    
Zinc Chloride, 20 g   $4.00
CHEM.88    
Methyl Hydrate, gasline antifreeze, 150 ml   $2.00 (Used as fuel for alcohol burners)
CHEM.89a  
Phenol Red Indicator, 0.04% solution, 30 ml   $8.00
CHEM.91    
Congo Red, 0.1% aqueous solution, 100 ml   $8.00

Litmus Paper
100 strip vial, red litmus turns blue when exposed to a base (alkali) and blue litmus turns red when exposed to an acid.
INDC.01   Blue Litmus Paper   $2.95/vial
INDC.02   Red Litmus Paper   $2.95/vial

pH Test Paper
While litmus paper (above) tells if substances are acidic or basic, pH paper tells you how strong those acids or bases are.  OK, we used to sell this as the old orange paper strips, 100 per vial, but we have been told by our supplier that those strips are not very accurate, and that is why they were cheap (at least they were honest about it!).  So we set out to find a better quality pH test strip, and found one.  So now we have pH Test Strips, 3 pad type, wide pH range (1 to 14), 50 strips per pkg.  These are MUCH more accurate than the old, single-colour orange pH test paper that we used to sell.  Unfortunately, they are more expensive as well (26 cents per test).  But hey, you get what you pay for. 
INDC.14   pH Test Strips, 3 pad type, range 1 to 14   $12.95/pkg of 50

See the Charts section for our list of page size and foldout reference charts.

Also see our "Lab Supplies" page for more test papers and chemistry equipment.

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