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What is wet chemistry?

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Chemistry performed in the liquid phase is defined as wet chemistry. The term "wet chemistry" is synonymous with "bench chemistry" because the experiments are often performed at a chemistry bench. Wet chemistry involves the use of beakers, flasks and other glassware to perform general experiments.

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Wet chemistry does not involve quantitative chemical analysis. High school and college chemistry labs utilize wet chemistry experiments to teach students basic chemistry. Wet chemistry curricula teaches salinity, density, specific gravity and concentration. Chemical industries have moved away from wet chemistry as automated systems with precise quality control now perform the lion's share of wet chemistry required in industrial operations.

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