Erlenmeyer Flask: Function & Dimensions

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  • 0:00 Tools for Experimentation
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Instructor: John Williams
Erlenmeyer flasks are used in many laboratories. They are common pieces of equipment utilized by scientists for experimentation. This lesson discusses Erlenmeyer flasks and their uses.

Tools for Experimentation

Scientists rely on many different tools to conduct experiments. These tools range from complex and sophisticated machines to simple, basic equipment. Basic equipment is necessary for routine experimentation and routine measurements. One of these basic pieces of equipment includes the Erlenmeyer flask, which is commonly found in most scientific laboratories. Let's discuss the Erlenmeyer flask and its uses in scientific experimentation.

What Is an Erlenmeyer Flask?

The Erlenmeyer flask was created by Emil Erlenmeyer, a German chemist, in the 1860s. He developed a flask that has a flat bottom with a tapered neck. The mouth, or opening, is used for pouring solutions and may be closed with a stopper in order to store samples. These flasks are useful for mixing solutions for chemical reactions, or can be used for drying and vacuuming chemical product to remove water.

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