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FRANCIS DE S. SMITH
TEACHER OF CHEMISTRY

CHEMISTRY.

The course of Chemistry is organized with the aim of the exciting in the student the spirit of inquiry, of training him to the habit of persistent work, and of instructing him to deal intelligently and correctly with nature and its laws. Progress in Chemistry , as in all other experimental sciences, consists in the discovery and classification of facts.Hence the student must be made acquainted with the methods of observations, experimental facts, and the laws of Chemistry. This we endeavor to do from the very beginning of the course by laying the greatest stress upon laboratory work. Thus the pupil becomes well acquainted with the materials and their application to the chemical processes of real life, and is enabled to appreciate the chemical principles underlying the industrial arts. An accurate report of his experiments is entered by him in a notebook, thus cultivating a training of the highest value. By criticisms, quizzes and review we materially strengthen the student's knowledge of the subject.

The Laboratory occupies the east end of the third floor. The room is tiled, well lighted from windows on the north and a sky-light. It provides ample accommodation for the thirty-two students. The two working tables are of the latest types, having tiled tops, tiled sinks, glass shelves for reagent bottles, and are supplied with water, gas and individual apartments for apparatus. Electricity is within easy access.

A good atmosphere has been ensured by providing a hydrogen-sulphide room and sufficient hood-room for those experiments which give off noxious fumes and gases.

For the class room, a tiled demonstration table is provided. A storage room and office are conveniently located.

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