Question Video: Identifying a Graduated Cylinder Chemistry

What piece of labware is shown in the image?

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What piece of labware is shown in the image below?

Let’s identify some of the defining characteristics of this item to determine the name of this piece of labware. At first glance, the most apparent feature of this item is its long, thin, cylindrical shape. It also sits on a small, flat base for stability. At the top of this item, there’s a small spout, which we can assume is likely for the ease of pouring. So we are likely looking at an item that is used to measure liquids. Finally, along the side of the cylinder, there are gradations that would allow for some level of precision when measuring the volume of liquids and aqueous solutions.

From these defining characteristics, we can conclude that the piece of labware shown in the image is a graduated cylinder.

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