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Ch 4: MTEL Biology: Using Laboratory Equipment

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We can help you review everything you need to know about using laboratory equipment. Our video lessons and self-assessment quizzes give you several approaches to help you correctly answer these types of questions on the MTEL Biology exam.

MTEL Biology: Using Laboratory Equipment - Chapter Summary

Use the video lessons in this chapter to help you recollect all the specifics about the safe use of laboratory equipment, in preparation for the MTEL Biology exam. The videos cover all aspects of the safe use of equipment to help you with these questions on the exam relating to:

  • Equipment for personal safety in the science lab
  • Techniques for practicing laboratory safety
  • Using, storing and disposing of chemicals safely
  • Working safely with biological specimens
  • Standard laboratory safety equipment
  • OSHA regulations
  • SDS/OSHA labels
  • Hazardous materials disposal
  • Common laboratory equipment

Our knowledgeable instructors go over each aspect of using laboratory equipment so you are prepared. The lessons are available as brief videos, 5-10 minutes long, and are accompanied by full transcripts so you can view the information in two formats.

Objectives of the MTEL Biology: Using Laboratory Equipment Chapter

The MTEL Biology exam evaluates your knowledge and comprehension of science, the chemistry of life and cell biology, characteristics of organisms, human anatomy and physiology, genetics, evolution and biodiversity, and populations, ecosystems and the environment. A passing score is needed for teacher licensure to teach biology in the state of Massachusetts. The topics in this Using Laboratory Equipment chapter are part of the Nature of Science objective, which makes up 10% of the test questions and requires knowledge of safety practices. By using our self-assessment quizzes, you can check on your mastery of the material and get a feel for the types of questions you'll find on the actual exam.

There are 100 multiple-choice test items on the exam which account for 80% of your grade, and two open-response items accounting for 20%. The multiple-choice items require that you read a passage or question and then choose the correct response from among several that are presented to you. The open-response items evaluate your integration of the material from all the objectives in an essay format. The test itself is computer-based.

9 Lessons in Chapter 4: MTEL Biology: Using Laboratory Equipment
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Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab

1. Personal Safety Equipment for the Science Lab

Science labs are great places to explore and learn. But they're only as safe as the people who use them, so in this lesson, we'll discuss some of the ways that you can protect yourself and prevent personal harm in the event of a lab accident.

Laboratory Safety Techniques: Protecting People and Equipment

2. 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.

Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

3. Safe Chemical Storage, Use & Disposal

An important part of lab safety involves the correct usage, storage, and disposal of chemicals. Lab safety is everyone's responsibility, so it's important that you know the proper procedures and protocols for using chemicals in the lab.

Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab

4. Working with Biological Specimens Safely in the Lab

Working with biological specimens can be interesting and rewarding. But we need to be careful when handling and disposing of these types of specimens because they do have the potential to do harm both in and out of the lab.

Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment

5. Standard Laboratory Safety Equipment

Even with proper precautions, lab accidents do happen. When they do, knowing what safety equipment is in your lab, where it is located, and how to use it can prevent further harm to both the lab and the people working in it.

Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA

6. Health and Safety Regulations: OSHA

The workplace can be a dangerous place, and workers are injured and even killed on the job. In this lesson, you'll learn how the Occupational Safety and Health Administration works to minimize dangerous workplace conditions.

Understanding SDS/OSHA Labels on Chemicals & Supplies

7. Understanding SDS/OSHA Labels on Chemicals & Supplies

Safety Data Sheets are an important component of safe lab work. In this lesson, we'll dissect an SDS to better understand its various components and see how they help keep you and everyone else safe in any lab setting.

Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy

8. Disposing of Hazardous Materials: Public Safety & Controversy

Hazardous materials come in all types and from many sources. Because they may be harmful to human health, it's important to dispose of them properly and safely. It's also due to this potential harm that both their use and disposal are controversial.

Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

9. 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.

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