How to Use Beakers

By Robert C. Young
Beakers are found in most labs.

A beaker is a cylindrical container used to store, mix and heat liquids in laboratories. Most are made of glass, but other non-corrosive materials, such as metal and heat-resistant plastic, are also used. Beakers usually have a flat bottoms and a lip around the top. They range in size from one millimeter to multi-liter. Bunsen burners, heat plates, stirrers, safety tongs, safety goggles, gloves and lab coats are tools commonly used when working with beakers.

Pour liquid into the beaker; pour slowly to avoid splashing the liquid. Use the measuring lines on the beaker to approximate the volume of liquid in the beaker.

Stir the liquid inside the beaker with a spoon or stirrer.

Center the beaker on a burner or over an open flame to heat the liquid, if necessary; don't fill the beaker more that 1/3 when heating and always use safety tongs when handling a hot beaker.

Pour liquid out of the beaker by using the spout in the lip around the top of the beaker.

About the Author

Robert C. Young began writing professionally in 1989 as a copywriter for an advertising specialty company. From 2000 to 2007 he operated a real-estate development and construction company. His work has been published online at SFGate and various other websites. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics from Georgia State University.