An educational proposal for the chemistry laboratory with historical experiences
This didactic proposal for the chemistry laboratory is intended for a basic chemistry course. The subject of the research is Prussian blue, the synthesis of Prussian blue is present on many web pages, in various versions. What they have in common is the simplicity of execution. To the synthesis of the dye is added the search for iron in the blood, an analysis linked to the constitution of Prussian blue and the synthesis of a dye other than blue obtained using copper salts. But the novelty of the didactic proposal is the reproduction of some experiences made by Macquer in 1752 which for the first time deal with the composition of Prussian blue. Here are some parts of the memoir written by Macquer, Chemical examination of Prussian blue, from 1752, relating to the description of these experiences. In this way, laboratory activity is experienced as a reconstruction of the history of chemistry which had its fundamental pivot in laboratory activity.