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Thames & Kosmos CHEM C3000

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  • The ultimate chemistry kit
  • Designed and manufactured in Germany for safe experimentation
  • Over 333 experiments in 32 sections
  • Start with fun experiments to learn basic chemistry principles
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Product Description

Product Description

CHEM C3000 is the ultimate chemistry set. This kit includes all of the components from CHEM C2000, plus dozens of additional tools and chemicals, and 100 additional experiments, for a total of more than 333 experiments. The 192-page, full-color experiment manual is written at a more advanced level than the other CHEM kit manuals. You could call it a textbook, but the manual is too much fun to make that comparison. CHEM C3000 has a similar hands-on approach to teaching chemistry as our other CHEM kits, but also teaches more advanced topics such as chemical equations, atomic structures, and the periodic table. These concepts are critical to continued study of chemistry. CHEM C3000 is an excellent preparation for high school level chemistry. Ages 12 and up

From the Manufacturer

CHEM C3000 is the ultimate chemistry kit. By performing 360 fascinating and fun experiments in a complete and well-balanced curriculum, you will learn first-hand every fundamental principle of this essential science, and more. CHEM C3000 includes all this and much more.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 11.2 x 16.5 inches ; 7.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Origin: Germany
  • ASIN: B00007B8M6
  • Item model number: 645014
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 - 16 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,533 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Sliderulex on December 28, 2007
I have a couple of chemistry sets, such as the Microchem 5000, which is a surprisingly in-depth set. But this set, the Chem3000 is the best chemistry set I have ever seen, or used. The manual, coupled with the actual labware makes this set a serious tool for a budding chemist, or for someone who really wants to learn some general chemistry but doesn't have the time or resources to go to college.

As regards not being to get the Sodium Hydroxide, you can get it from, and sells both Hydrochloric acid and Sodium hydroxide. Both sites sell other chemicals too, so you won't have a problem getting the necessary chemicals. Also, many hardware stores sell Hydrochloric acid (they call it Muriatic acid), as well as Sulfuric acid (battery acid). So, getting the necessary chemicals is not as hard as it may seem.

Like the guy before me, I have a nostalgia bug too, and the Chem3000 fills that niche very nicely. I consider this chemistry set to be the finest ever made. The only way I think it could be improved (for the price) would be to add more chemical reaction information in their already really good manual.

If you want to learn chemistry but never got around to it, this is the set to buy.
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful By R. Bayerl on May 13, 2007
I never actually had a chemistry set as a kid, with my Dad being more into mechanical and electrical scientific toys, but I have fond memories of both HS and college chemistry lab, and was wanting at least to have some chemicals and actual procedures to use with the set of classic Pyrex labware I was building from the Sargent-Welch site (where they don't sell chemicals to individuals). It appears they've thought out the equipment, much of which is "real"-lab quality (I loved the VWR 100 mL Erlenmeyer flask, the ceramic evaporating dish and the test tubes), so that effective work can be done, and it's quite ambitious, the extent of general chemistry that they attempt to cover with a single lab manual. I noted as did the previous reviewer that some of those non-shippable or limited shelf-life chemicals look rather difficult to find, but many of the substances are just as I remember them being in school, so my retro bug is well supplied. I would think the serious experimenter would need to put a bit of dedication into doing things right or much of the value would go unused. I noted with appreciation that this kit was made in Germany, where I've always been amazed at the emphasis on educational content they put into toys, like my little Wilesco steam engine that I bought a few years back and still run on occasion.

I guess I come from the side of life where I've been there and done all that, and simply want to re-live those days when I was as the intended audience is, having the subject opening before them for the first time. Before I'd lay out this kind of money on a set, I'd make sure the student was up for it.

I'm impressed that such kits are marketed with the young student in mind, and since I'm just a big kid, well, you can count me in as entertained at the same time.
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77 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Chemistry Mom on January 9, 2007
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Very good kit. However,it does not contain all the materials needed and the required additional solutions are almost impossible to get hold of these days (like sodium hydroxide - lye, because it is used by crack labs). Since these solutions are needed for many experiments and are illegal to mail, a large part of the experiments are not possible to do. This is a significant drawback.

The experiments need close adult supervision and involve open flames, boiling solutions, hydrochloric acid, etc. and are not for younger children or the fainthearted parent. There is limited explanation in the manual about chemistry, so a supplemental text or course would be best to get an understanding of why the reactions happen.

That said, our daughter loves the kit and it is complete, well organized and of excellent quality.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Robert Littlejohn on May 18, 2011
I have not bought or seen the Thames & Kosmos C3000, but I have recently set up a customized home chemistry lab like the one I had when I was a kid, and I base my rating (5 stars) for the C3000 on the list of equipment and the price. You should refer to other reviews for actual experience with this chemistry set; I am writing to share some of what I have learned in setting up my own home lab.

There is a lot of moaning on the internet about the way that fears of lawsuits and liability have led to the demise of the old-fashioned chemistry set, and about the poor quality and educational value of what typically passes nowadays for a "chemistry set". Many of these seem to be so "safe" that all excitement and learning has been drained out of them. See also the book "Uncle Tungsten" by Oliver Sacks. Some of the lesser Thames & Kosmos sets may fall into this category, and by the reviews I judge that they do. But the C3000 looks to me like it is a good start on recovering the experience offered by the classic Gilbert and Chemcraft chemistry sets of the 50's and 60's, especially in view of the price. While $212 might seem like a lot for a chemistry set, it is considerably less than you would pay if you ordered the same chemicals and pieces of equipment individually. Also, for those of you considering using this for home schooling, I would offer the opinion that it would be worth it to invest even more, and consider something like the $500 chemistry set offered by HMS Beagle, or by expanding on what is offered in the C3000 by purchasing extra supplies. The top-line Gilbert chemistry sets of the 1930's cost something like $40 (I think), which in inflated dollars must be more than $225 now. Besides, for home schooling you probably want something more than what any chemistry set offers.
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