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Contributions Alchemists made to Science

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Transcript of Contributions Alchemists made to Science

Alchemists had their own way of doing things in their attempt of scientific methods,but they have grasped the general chemistry techniques, which made it much easier for scientists in the 17h & 18th century
Techniques discovered by The Alchemists
What tools did they discover and use?
Contributions Alchemists made to Science
Conclusion &
So, to conclude everything, alchemy was like the building blocks to science & chemistry. People needed that stage of development to move on to bigger and better things.
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The First Periodic Table
Alchemists attempted to arrange information about the substances. This resulted in the first periodic table.
-Alchemists date back to the middle ages
-They study Alchemy, which is a philosophical tradition.
Philosophy; theories
Alchemists have had both mythical &scientific theories.
Alchemy differs from modern science because it includes practices like religion &

What is an Alchemist?
-they've attempted to create the philosophers stone
-they've tried to have the ability to transform base metals into nobel metals (gold & silver)
-they've tried to create a potion that permits eternal youth
Their goals:
-before there were chemists, there were alchemists
-Used experiments to discover new techniques, substances & tools.
So how does Alchemy contribute to Science & Chemistry?
Isaac newton was a famous physician who was also an alchemist.
He dicovered the theory of gravity.
alchemists attempting to create something
They have made big strides in scientific research sometimes by accident! (ex: they discovered gun powder while they were trying to achieve immortality)
alchemical experiment
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Known as the father of Chemistry. Robert Boyle.
Some of the first elements discovered:

Alchemists-Their Discoveries
Appearance:Pots without bottoms fitted one over another.

Also known as the Vase of Philosophy.
It's use: Subliming pot
used in alchemy
as a condenser
in the process of sublimation.
Appearance: It is made of glass and has a spherical vessel with a long downward pointed neck.
Use: A retort is used in a chemistry lab used for distillation of substances.
Sand Bath
Mortar & Pestle
Also Known as (in Latin) Balneum Siccum
Use: Used to provide heating for another object during a chemical reaction.
What substances did they discover?
Four examples of substances the discovered:
-Mercuric Chloride
-Fool's Gold (Iron pyrite)
Table of Contents:
Slide 1...........What is an Alcemist?
Slide 2 .............What were their goals?
Slide 3 & 4.........How do they contribute to Science & Modern Chemistry?
Slide 5&6........... Techniques discovered by The Alchemists
Slide 7.........Substances discovered by the alchemists
Slide 8............Tools they discovered. (That are now still present in laboratories)
Slide 9............. The First Periodic Table

Also known as the Apothecary Grinder
Apperance: Bowl (usually ceramic or wood), with club shaped pestle.
Use: The pestle is used for crushing or mixing a substance in the martor. Used in masonry and crushing ingredients.
They used experiments to identify new methods of determining unknown substances, analyze the relationship between gas pressure and volume, new procedures etc.
Also known as the Pressure Cooker.

Fools gold: Physical Properties:
Gold, metallic.
Density: 4.8 g/cm3
Hardness:6-6.5 on the Mohs scale.

Hardness: 2
Density:2.3 g/cm3
Lustre: Silky, sugary.

Chalk: Mineral
White, breakable.
Hardness: 1
Density:2.499 g/cm3

Mercuric Chloride:
Density: 5.43 g/cm3
Solublity:4g per 100 mL
Melting Point: 276 C
Boiling Point: 304 C


The Study of Alchemy
(a book from the library)
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