Laboratory equipment refers to the various tools and equipment used by scientists working in a laboratory. Laboratory equipment is generally used to either perform an experiment or to take measurements and gather data.
Larger or more sophisticated equipment is generally called a scientific instrument. Both laboratory equipment and scientific instruments are increasingly being designed and shared using open hardware principles.
Laboratory Equipment and Scientific Instruments
Laboratory equipment and scientific instruments are tools used in scientific research and experimentation. They play a crucial role in helping scientists gather data, make observations, and perform experiments in order to advance knowledge in various fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, and medicine. Some of the common laboratory equipment and scientific instruments include microscopes, centrifuges, Bunsen burners, pipettes, graduated cylinders, balances, test tubes, spectrophotometers, Petri dishes, and hot plates. These instruments are used to measure, analyze, and manipulate substances, samples, and data.
List of Laboratory Equipment
- Test tubes
- Petri dishes
- Bunsen burner
- Graduated cylinder
- Erlenmeyer flask
- pH meter
- Balances (analytical and top loading)
- Hot plate
- Mortar and pestle
- Glass funnel
- Glass stopper
- Glass beads
- Magnetic stirrer
- Vortex mixer
- Water bath
- Laminar flow hood
- PCR machine
- Centrifuge tubes
- Cell culture flasks
- Eppendorf tubes
- Centrifuge bottle
- Dialysis tubing
- Centrifuge rotor
- Centrifuge adapter
- Centrifuge rotor
List of Scientific Instruments
- Mass spectrometer
- X-ray diffractometer
- PCR machine
- DNA sequencer
- Electron microscope
- Acoustic microscope
- Confocal microscope
- Particle accelerator
- Neutron diffractometer
- Raman microscope
- Raman microprobe
Laboratory Equipment & Scientific Instruments with Definition
- Accelerator – a machine used in scientific research that makes particles (=parts of atoms) move faster
- Beaker – a glass or plastic container with straight sides that is used in a laboratory
- Bell jar – a piece of equipment that is made of glass and shaped like a bell, used to surround other equipment during scientific experiments
- Boiling tube – a glass container used in scientific experiments, consisting of a wide tube that is open at one end only. Boiling tubes are similar to test tubes but they are larger.
- Bunsen burner – a piece of equipment that produces a gas flame, used for scientific experiments in a laboratory
- Burette – a glass tube marked with a scale and with a tap at the bottom. It is used in laboratories for allowing a small measured amount of liquid to flow into something.
- Centrifuge – a machine that uses centrifugal force to separate heavier substances from lighter ones by spinning them round in a container
- Condenser – a piece of equipment that changes gases into liquids
- Electron microscope – a very powerful microscope that uses waves of electrons instead of light
- Filter – an object or piece of equipment that allows you to remove solid parts that are not wanted from a liquid or gas
- Incubator – a piece of equipment used for keeping eggs, cells, or microorganisms at a particular temperature
- Microscope – a piece of equipment for looking at things that are too small to see normally
- Test tube – a long thin glass container that is open at one end and is used in laboratories
- Pipettes – A laboratory tool used for measuring and transferring small volumes of liquid.
- Graduated cylinders – A container with a narrow neck and markings to measure the volume of a liquid.
- Petri dish – A shallow circular dish used to grow bacterial cultures.
- Hot plate – A laboratory appliance used for heating or keeping substances at a constant temperature.
- Spectrophotometer – An instrument used to measure the amount of light absorbed by a substance.
- Balances – An instrument used to measure the weight of an object with a high level of accuracy.
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