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Ch 2: Basic Science Lab Skills: Tutoring Solution

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The Basic Science Lab Skills chapter of this High School Biology Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning basic science lab skills. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the lab skills and safety techniques required in a typical high school biology course.

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  • Struggle with understanding lab measurements, displacement, common lab equipment, compound microscope uses, safety methods or any other basic science lab skills topic
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Learning Objectives

  • Understand the different units of measurement and their applications.
  • Define meniscus and describe its applications.
  • Calculate the volume of an object using displacement.
  • Name the different types of laboratory equipment and describe their uses.
  • Explain general lab safety guidelines.
  • Identify the parts and uses of a compound microscope.

7 Lessons in Chapter 2: Basic Science Lab Skills: Tutoring Solution
Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

1. Understanding Laboratory Measurements: Units & Types

There are many different units that can be used for measurements. This may not only lead to incorrect data measurements, but also to confusion about which units are most appropriate. Therefore, a standard set of units is used for each type of measurement in the biology lab.

What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples

2. What Is a Meniscus? - Definition, Uses & Lab Examples

Liquids can be tricky to measure because surface tension causes them to do interesting things like forming a meniscus. In this video lesson you'll learn what a meniscus is, why it forms, and how to correctly read the volume of a liquid using the meniscus at the surface.

Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object

3. Using Displacement to Calculate the Volume of an Object

Determining the volume of an object is easy if that object is uniform and has a regular shape. For objects that are irregularly shaped, using the edges is not so straightforward, so instead we can measure the volume by displacement.

Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

4. Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

Biologists use all kinds of equipment in their labs to run their experiments. In this lesson, you'll identify some of the most common pieces of equipment as well as when you should or shouldn't use them.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

5. Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

Laboratory safety is not fun, but following the rules ensures that lab activities can be enjoyed by everyone. In this lesson, we cover some basic lab safety rules to follow that will help lab time be both safe and fun.

Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

6. Introduction to the Compound Microscope: Parts & Uses

The compound light microscope is a useful tool in any biology laboratory. In this lesson, you'll be introduced to the parts of a compound microscope, as well as understand the function of each of those parts.

What is an Autoclave? - Definition & Uses

7. What is an Autoclave? - Definition & Uses

Get to know what an autoclave is and how it is used. We will explore the different ways in which autoclaves are used. There is a short quiz to help you check your knowledge from this lesson.

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