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Shaking Water Bath

Exhibition Piece: This technical object was once used by the science department. It is a metal contraption with space to fill with water before closing the lid to allow heating of beakers. It has a section with dials and buttons to set precise temperatures and shaking degrees.

A shaking water bath is a technical piece of equipment that is now no longer used within the science department at Impington Village College.  Students today are probably not familiar with such apparatus, but past students may possibly remember using them in their science lessons.

The water bath can be used for a number of different applications, including:

  • Molecular biology protocols
  • Bacterial culturing
  • Solubility studies
  • Metabolism studies

The water bath ensures that precise temperatures are controlled for chemical reactions, and the different scales of shaking motion allow the agents to be agitated to the correct degree.  This water bath, the Tecator 1024, has a temperature range from 20°C – 80°C, but the newer models can reach 99.9°C.  All have springs at the bottom of the device so that any size and number of beakers can be held in place securely.