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Exploring Physical Science in the Laboratory

John T. Salinas
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Periodic Table/Useful Information Tables2
Lab 1 Scientific Basics: Measurements and Calculations16
Lab 1 Intro Material5
Lab 1 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 1 Part A: Measuring the Period of Swing of a Pendulum1
Lab 1 Part B: Measuring the Time Interval for a Ball Drop2
Lab 1 Part C: Measuring the Volume of a Book1
Lab 1 Part D: Calculating the Density of a Metal Sample1
Lab 1 Data Sheet8
Lab 2 Scientific Tools: Instruments and Conversions14
Lab 2 Intro Material2
Lab 2 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 2 Part A: Measuring Distance and Calculating the Volume of a Room2
Lab 2 Part B: Calculating the Pressure under Your Feet1
Lab 2 Part C: Calculating the Energy in a Container of Water1
Lab 2 Part D: Calculating the Speed of a Pitched Baseball1
Lab 2 Data Sheet8
Lab 3 Motion: Distance and Time10
Lab 3 Intro Material2
Lab 3 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 3 Part A: Preparing a Ramp and Table1
Lab 3 Part B: Calculating the Constant Speed of a Stationary Cart1
Lab 3 Part C: Calculating the Constant Speed of a Moving Cart2
Lab 3 Part D: Calculating the Acceleration of a Cart Changing Speed1
Lab 3 Computer Tips1
Lab 3 Data Sheet6
Lab 4 Newton’s Second Law: Mass and Acceleration12
Lab 4 Intro Material2
Lab 4 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 4 Part A: Measuring the Acceleration of a Cart2
Lab 4 Part B: Measuring the Acceleration after Increasing Mass1
Lab 4 Part C: Measuring the Acceleration after Increasing Force1
Lab 4 Part D: Measuring the Acceleration after Changing Force and Mass1
Lab 4 Computer Tips1
Lab 4 Data Sheet6
Lab 5 Gravity: Intertial and Gravitational Mass10
Lab 5 Intro Material1
Lab 5 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 5 Part A: Measuring Your Object's Mass and Weight2
Lab 5 Part B: Measuring Your Object's Inertial Mass2
Lab 5 Part C: Mathematically Comparing Inertial with Gravitational Mass1
Lab 5 Part D: Physically Comparing Inertial with Gravitational Mass1
Lab 5 Data Sheet6
Lab 6 Projectile Motion: Trajectories of Ballistic Objects12
Lab 6 Intro Material2
Lab 6 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 6 Part A: Measuring the Tabletop2
Lab 6 Part B: Measuring the Speed of a Rolling Marble1
Lab 6 Part C: Predicting the Landing Spot of the Marble2
Lab 6 Part D: Taking Flight1
Lab 6 Data Sheet6
Lab 7 Momentum and Impulse: Understanding Motion12
Lab 7 Intro Material2
Lab 7 Pre-Lab Questions3
Lab 7 Part A: Setting up a Cart on an Inclined Ramp and Measuring Its Force1
Lab 7 Part B: Measuring a Cart's Impulse and Momentum1
Lab 7 Part C: Measuring a More Massive Cart's Force, Impulse, and Momentum1
Lab 7 Part D: Measuring a Cart's Force, Impulse, and Momentum with the Angle of the Ramp Changed1
Lab 7 Computer Tips1
Lab 7 Data Sheet6
Lab 8 Power: Working for Some Time10
Lab 8 Intro Material2
Lab 8 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 8 Part A Determining the Power of a Falling Mass1
Lab 8 Part B Calculating Human Power1
Lab 8 Computer Tips1
Lab 8 Data Sheet6
Lab 9 Centripetal Motion: Traveling in Circles14
Lab 9 Intro Material2
Lab 9 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 9 Part A: Measuring the Centripetal Force on an Orbiting Object1
Lab 9 Part B: Determining the Force on an Orbiting Mass1
Lab 9 Part C: Determining the Radius of an Orbit for Multiple Stoppers1
Lab 9 Part D: Determining Centripetal Acceleration Relationships1
Lab 9 Part E: Determining the Equation for Centripetal Acceleration1
Lab 9 Data Sheet8
Lab 10 Energy Conservation: Kinetic Energy, Potential Energy, and Heat10
Lab 10 Intro Material1
Lab 10 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 10 Part A: Measuring the Potential Energy in a Stretched Rubber Tube2
Lab 10 Part B: Measuring Frictional Forces in a Sliding Block1
Lab 10 Part C: Calculating Distances1
Lab 10 Part D: Launching the Block1
Lab 10 Computer Tips1
Lab 10 Data Sheet6
Lab 11 Gases: Basic Laws and Buoyancy16
Lab 11 Intro Material3
Lab 11 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 11 Part A: Determining Boyle's Law2
Lab 11 Part B: Determining Gay-Lussac's Law1
Lab 11 Part C: Determining the Density of a Gas1
Lab 11 Data Sheet8
Lab 12 Heat Energy: Specific Heat Capacities12
Lab 12 Intro Material2
Lab 12 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 12 Part A: Preparing the Metal2
Lab 12 Part B: Preparing the Calorimeter1
Lab 12 Part C: Observing the Transfer of Heat2
Lab 12 Part D: Calculating the Specific Heat of the Metal2
Lab 12 Computer Tips1
Lab 12 Data Sheet6
Lab 13 Phase Changes: Melting and Boiling18
Lab 13 Intro Material4
Lab 13 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 13 Part A: Determining Melting Point1
Lab 13 Part B: Determining Boiling Point1
Lab 13 Part C: Determining Water's Heat of Fusion2
Lab 13 Part D: Drawing and Examining the Phase Diagram for Water1
Lab 13 Data Sheet10
Lab 14 Electricity: Static Charges14
Lab 14 Intro Material2
Lab 14 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 14 Part A: Observing Static Electricity in Common Objects1
Lab 14 Part B: Observing Static Electricity Using an Electroscope2
Lab 14 Part C: Calculating the Charge on an Object2
Lab 14 Data Sheet8
Lab 15 Electricity in Motion: Series and Parallel Circuits14
Lab 15 Intro Material5
Lab 15 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 15 Part A: Using a Digital Multimeter2
Lab 15 Part B: Designing a Parallel Circuit2
Lab 15 Part C: Designing a Series Circuit1
Lab 15 Data Sheet6
Lab 16 Magnetism: Currents and Motors12
Lab 16 Intro Material3
Lab 16 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 16 Part A: Viewing a Magnetic Field1
Lab 16 Part B: Viewing Interacting Magnetic Fields1
Lab 16 Part C: Using a Magnetic Compass1
Lab 16 Part D: Using Permanent Magnets1
Lab 16 Part E: Investigating Magnetic Fields and Electric Currents1
Lab 16 Part F: Making an Electric Motor1
Lab 16 Data Sheet6
Lab 17 Waves: Motions in Gases, Liquids, and Solids12
Lab 17 Intro Material2
Lab 17 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 17 Part A: Generating and Observing Waves1
Lab 17 Part B: Measuring the Speed of Waves1
Lab 17 Part C: Characterizing Standing Waves2
Lab 17 Part D: Calculating Wave Speeds1
Lab 17 Part E: Discussing Other Wave Generators1
Lab 17 Part F: Observing the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Collapse1
Lab 17 Data Sheet6
Lab 18 Sound: Hearing Our Surroundings14
Lab 18 Intro Material3
Lab 18 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 18 Part A: Recording a Hearing Test1
Lab 18 Part B: Measuring the Speed of Sound2
Lab 18 Part C: Describing the Quality of Sounds1
Lab 18 Data Sheet8
Lab 19 Light: Investigations of its Speed and Properties14
Lab 19 Intro Material2
Lab 19 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 19 Part A: Approximating the Speed of Light1
Lab 19 Part B: Observing Reflection2
Lab 19 Part C: Observing Refraction2
Lab 19 Part D: Observing Diffraction and Interference1
Lab 19 Data Sheet8
Lab 20 Optics: Telescopes that Bend and Reflect Light10
Lab 20 Intro Material4
Lab 20 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 20 Part A: Measuring the Focal Length of a Lens1
Lab 20 Part B: Measuring the Focal Length of a Mirror1
Lab 20 Part C: Building a Refracting Telescope2
Lab 20 Data Sheet4
Lab 21 Color: The Spectrum of Light14
Lab 21 Intro Material4
Lab 21 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 21 Part A: Observing Light Produced by a Hot Solid1
Lab 21 Part B: Observing Light Produced by a Hot Gas1
Lab 21 Part C: Observing Light Produced by Chemical Elements in a Flame1
Lab 21 Part D: Subtracting Colors1
Lab 21 Part E: Adding Colors1
Lab 21 Data Sheet8
Lab 22 Water: Tests to Determine Quality14
Lab 22 Intro Material4
Lab 22 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 22 Part A: Checking for Water Quality1
Lab 22 Part B: Determining the Electrical Conductivity of Water2
Lab 22 Part C: Measuring the pH of a Water Sample1
Lab 22 Part D: Testing for the Presence of Chloride Ion3
Lab 22 Data Sheet6
Lab 23 Elements: Descriptions of Atoms14
Lab 23 Intro Material4
Lab 23 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 23 Part A: Using Atomic Theory1
Lab 23 Part B: Determining the Physical Nature of Selected Elements1
Lab 23 Part C: Observing Atomic Changes in Electron Energy1
Lab 23 Part D: Observing a Chemical Reaction1
Lab 23 Data Sheet6
Lab 24 Covalent Compounds: Descriptions of Molecules10
Lab 24 Intro Material2
Lab 24 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 24 Part A: Designing and Naming Covalent Compounds2
Lab 24 Part B: Synthesizing a Molecular Compound1
Lab 24 Data Sheet6
Lab 25 Atomic Nuclei: Investigations of Radioactivity14
Lab 25 Intro Material4
Lab 25 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 25 Part A: Using a Geiger Counter to Identify Radioactive Material1
Lab 25 Part B: Investigating the Relationship of Radioactivity and Distance1
Lab 25 Data Sheet8
Lab 26 Nuclear Energy: Radioactive Half-Lives12
Lab 26 Intro Material3
Lab 26 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 26 Part A: Shielding of Nuclear Radiation2
Lab 26 Part B: Calculating the Half-Life of a Radionuclide2
Lab 26 Data Sheet6
Lab 27 Physical and Chemical Reactions: Noting the Difference12
Lab 27 Intro Material3
Lab 27 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 27 Part A: Using Reference Materials to Find Physical Properties1
Lab 27 Part B: Learning about Lab Safety and the SDS1
Lab 27 Part C: Observing Physical Reactions1
Lab 27 Part D: Observing Chemical Reactions2
Lab 27 Data Sheet6
Lab 28 Ionic Compounds: Nomenclature and Equations14
Lab 28 Intro Material5
Lab 28 Pre-Lab Questions3
Lab 28 Part A: Recognizing and Naming Ionic Compounds1
Lab 28 Part B: Synthesizing an Ionic Compound2
Lab 28 Data Sheet6
Lab 29 Chemical Measurements: Mass and Amount14
Lab 29 Intro Material3
Lab 29 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 29 Part A: Calculating Molar Masses1
Lab 29 Part B: Measuring the Mass and Calculating the Amount1
Lab 29 Part C: Dispensing the Mass1
Lab 29 Part D: Determining the Volume, Amount, and Mass of a Balloon1
Lab 29 Data Sheet8
Lab 30 Chemical Bonding: Molecular Geometry14
Lab 30 Intro Material6
Lab 30 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 30 Part A: Drawing the Lewis Dot Structure of an Atom1
Lab 30 Part B: Drawing the Lewis Dot Structure of a Molecule1
Lab 30 Part C: Calculating the Bond Angle and Geometry of a Molecule1
Lab 30 Part D: Drawing the Geometry of a Molecule1
Lab 30 Data Sheet6
Lab 31 Chemical Calculations: Balancing Equations16
Lab 31 Intro Material2
Lab 31 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 31 Part A: Balancing Chemical Equations2
Lab 31 Part B: Calculating the Amount of Product2
Lab 31 Part C: Calculating the Chemical Formula of a Product1
Lab 31 Data Sheet10
Lab 32 Acids and Bases: Making and Using a pH Indicator16
Lab 32 Intro Material3
Lab 32 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 32 Part A: Developing Accuracy in Volume Delivery1
Lab 32 Part B: Making and Testing an Acid-Base Indicator1
Lab 32 Part C: Comparing Household Acids and Bases1
Lab 32 Part D: Determining the Concentration of an Acid3
Lab 32 Data Sheet8
Lab 33 Geosphere: Defining Rocks and Minerals16
Lab 33 Intro Material4
Lab 33 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 33 Part A: Characterizing Physical Rock or Mineral Type1
Lab 33 Part B: Characterizing Mineral Chemical Composition1
Lab 33 Part C: Measuring the Density of Rocks, Minerals, and Ores2
Lab 33 Part D: Identifying a Carbonate-Containing Rock or Mineral1
Lab 33 Part E: Viewing and Drawing Rocks and Meteorites1
Lab 33 Data Sheet8
Lab 34 Dynamic Earth: Drivers of Plate Tectonics16
Lab 34 Intro Material4
Lab 34 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 34 Part A: Forming Pangaea from Modern Continents1
Lab 34 Part B: Observing Seismic Activity and Plate Boundaries1
Lab 34 Part C: Observing Plate Boundary Interactions1
Lab 34 Part D: Measuring the Density of Earth's Building Materials3
Lab 34 Data Sheet8
Lab 35 Hydrologic Cycle: Water and Heat in Motion18
Lab 35 Intro Material4
Lab 35 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 35 Part A: Spatially Comparing Washington Geography with Rainfall1
Lab 35 Part B: Modeling Rainfall versus Reservoir Storage2
Lab 35 Part C: Distilling Fresh Water from Salt Water2
Lab 35 Data Sheet10
Lab 36 Erosion: Wind, Water, Ice, and the Inevitable Result14
Lab 36 Intro Material3
Lab 36 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 36 Part A: Comparing Erosional Landforms1
Lab 36 Part B: Observing the Force of Freezing Water1
Lab 36 Part C: Comparing the Results of Rock Abrasion1
Lab 36 Part D: Documenting Stream Erosion and Mitigation2
Lab 36 Data Sheet8
Lab 37 Weather: Station Model Data and Forecasting22
Lab 37 Intro Material8
Lab 37 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 37 Part A: Measuring the Dew Point1
Lab 37 Part B: Measuring the Relative Humidity1
Lab 37 Part C: Modeling a Weather Station1
Lab 37 Part D: Forecasting the Coming Weather1
Lab 37 Data Sheet10
Lab 38 The Cosmos: Beyond our Earth14
Lab 38 Intro Material3
Lab 38 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 38 Part A: Learning the Night Sky Coordinate System2
Lab 38 Part B: Constructing an Astrolabe to Measure Elevation Angle1
Lab 38 Part C: Using a Magnetic Compass to Measure Azimuth2
Lab 38 Part D: Recording the Positions of the Moon1
Lab 38 Data Sheet8
Lab 39 Connections: Sun, Earth, and Moon16
Lab 39 Intro Material4
Lab 39 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 39 Part A: Learning about the Earth's Seasons2
Lab 39 Part B: Measuring the Power Output of a Solar Panel1
Lab 39 Part C: Observing the Phases of the Earth's Moon2
Lab 39 Part D: Understanding Lunar and Solar Eclipses1
Lab 39 Data Sheet8
Lab 40 Solar System: The Sun’s Influence and Family14
Lab 40 Intro Material4
Lab 40 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 40 Part A: Understanding the Scale of the Solar System2
Lab 40 Part B: Comparing Planets in Our Solar System1
Lab 40 Part C: Understanding Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion1
Lab 40 Data Sheet8
Lab 41 Stars: A Spectrum of Possibilities12
Lab 41 Intro Material2
Lab 41 Pre-Lab Questions1
Lab 41 Part A: Collecting Star Data1
Lab 41 Part B: Understanding the Hertzsprung-Russell (HR) Diagram1
Lab 41 Data Sheet8
Lab 42 Independent Research: Designing Your Own Experiment12
Lab 42 Intro Material2
Lab 42 Pre-Lab Questions2
Lab 42 Part A: Brainstorming Potential Topics for Investigation1
Lab 42 Part B: Researching and Focusing on a Project1
Lab 42 Part C: Planning and Carrying Out the Project1
Lab 42 Part D: Organizing Observations and Composing a Conclusion1
Lab 42 Part E: Communicating Results Using a Poster or Oral Presentation1
Lab 42 Data Sheet8
Appendix: Graphing in Microsoft Excel4