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1 Measurement & Lab Equipment Materials: Per Lab Bench (For the following materials, one of each per bench, except for rulers.) Thermometers 6 Metric Rulers - 6 or 12 School Rulers 12 Digital Balance - 6 Weigh boats 6 Pennies 6 Stoppers and screws - 6 each 100 ml beakers 6 50 ml or 100 ml graduated cylinders 6 Distilled water bottles - 6 Designated time for the experiment: It depends on the sections the instructor wants to complete 0

2 Abstract Measurement & Lab Equipment This lab reviews the concept of scientific measurement, which you will employ weekly throughout this course. Specifically, we will review the metric system so that you will be able to measure length, mass, volume and temperature in metric units, and convert between the English and metric systems. You will also familiarize yourself with common laboratory equipment. You will review and practice scientific notation so that you will understand its use in scientific measurement. Finally, you will utilize basic statistical methods to evaluate data that you gather and graph. The sections entitled Put what you have read into Practice will be due as homework next week. Whatever you do not complete during the lab period should be completed at home. Conversions within the Metric System Introduction Length, Mass, Volume To convert within the metric system, you must remember the following: To convert between metric units, you will need to move the decimal to the right or to the left, relative to where you begin, as shown by this chart. This means that you will need to add a decimal to the end of any whole number! For instance 35 is the same as 35. Example 1: Convert 5 mg to g. To get from mg to g requires you to move to the left on the chart 3 units, thereby moving the decimal to the left 3 units. Therefore the value will be g. Example 2: Convert 80 hectoliters to centiliters. To get from hecto to centi requires you to move to the right 4 units. Therefore the number will become cl. 1

4 Example 1: What is the temperature in C if the outside air temperature is 43 F? = x 5 = divided by 9 = 6.11 Therefore the answer is 6.11 C. Evaluate the answer. Does this make sense? Yes, in that you would expect the temperature in Celsius to be less than an equal temperature in Fahrenheit, based on the above common knowledge points. Put what you have read into practice: Convert the following numbers to the units indicated. Indicate what each are measuring- are they units of mass, volume, or length? mg = hg Unit of: Mass pl =61*10^-9ml Unit of: Volume m =.110 km Unit of: Length dg =789000µg Unit of: Mass km =3000 mm Unit of: Length Convert the following temperatures as indicted. You must show your work. Do not use a calculator! F =28.3 C C =208.4 F C =71.6 F F =16.6 C 8. 4 C =39.2 F Converting from English to Metric Units Converting from English to metric units: The basic metric unit of length is the meter. To compare English and metric values of length, it is handy to know that 1 inch = 2.54 cm. Mass is expressed in grams. To compare English and metric values of mass, it is handy to know that 1 kilogram = 2.21 pounds. 3

5 Volume is measured in liters. To compare English and metric values of volume, it is handy to know that 1 ounce = 30 milliliters and 1 gallon = liters. Becoming familiar with Laboratory Equipment In this lab course, you will work with equipment and glassware that is common in the laboratory setting. Locate the following items. Graduated cylinder Beaker Erlenmeyer flask Stir Bar Digital Balance Graduated Pipette Weigh boat Hot/Stir Plate Measuring Volume: Fill your graduated cylinder with 45 ml of water. When measuring the volume of a liquid in a graduated cylinder, you will observe a meniscus. Locate the meniscus (and include it in your drawing.) Do you think that you should measure the volume from the top or bottom of the meniscus? Check with your instructor to make sure you are correct! 4

6 Now transfer the water to your beaker. Is this as accurate at measuring volume as the graduated cylinder? Using a Balance: For the digital, practice using each by finding the mass of a coin. To do this, you will need to use a weigh boat since you typically do not want to place the material you are weighing directly on the balance. 1. Locate and place the weigh boat on the digital balance. 2. Tare the digital balance in order to reset the balance to 0 grams. This will ensure that you do not add the weight of the weigh boat to what you are weighing. 3. Add the coin. Record the weight of the coin for each. Digital balance grams 5

7 Put what you have read into practice: Now you will apply the knowledge you have gained. In this section of the lab, you will learn about the different pieces of laboratory equipment, as well as how to measure the different properties of matter with them. Using a Balance: Digital Balance: Having improper weights may provide odd results on your experiments. In most experiments quantities may be crucial to expect accurate results. The digital balance will provide you with the exact weight of the materials you will need not only on the biology laboratory but in any other labs; this is why using it carefully is vital for your experiments. 1. Turn on the digital weight. 2. Place a weigh boat on the scale. 3. Reset the values of the scale by pressing ON/ZERO button located on the left of the scale. During a practical, Sally Student and Sid Student were asked to find the weight of a penny on a digital balance. Sally found that the weight was grams whereas Sid found that the weight was 4.3 grams. The correct answer was 2.5 grams. a. What do you think Sally might have done incorrectly? She didn t reset the balance. b. What might Sid have done incorrectly? He didn t reset the balance or included the weight of the weight boat. 6

8 Understanding Meters: 1. Meters are the base unit of the metric system used to measure length. Please state what measuring device or devices you would use to measure an object in the following units: 3mm: Ant 20 cm: 1.5 m: Human 2. Measure your lecture book (height, length, and width): measure in centimeters (cm) and, if possible, measure in millimeters (mm). Use the instruments that you listed in #1 to measure these objects. Write down the name of the item and how many centimeters or millimeters it measures. Please include the units (cm or mm) with your measurement. 3. Is a centimeter larger or smaller than a millimeter? Centimeter larger than millimeter 10mm=1 cm 4. What property of these items do cm or mm measure: length, volume, mass or temperature? Length 5. The height of the average person is a little over 1.5 meters. Knowing this, is one centimeter larger or smaller than one meter? Centimeter smaller than a meter 100cm = 1meter 6. Is one millimeter larger or smaller than one meter? Millimeter smaller than meter 1000mm = 1 meter 7. Runners often run a 5K, which is five kilometers (km). Is a kilometer larger or smaller than a meter? Kilometer larger than meter 1000m = 1 km 7

9 Understanding grams: 8. Grams are the base unit of the metric system used to measure the amount of matter in an object. There are two instruments that you could use to measure something in grams. 9. Weigh a screw and a stopper in grams (g). Write down the name of the item and how many grams it weighs. Please include the units (g) with your measurement. 10. Find one item that is most likely measured in kilograms (kg). Are you able to measure this with the instruments that you listed in question 8? Why or why not? No, because the weight is too much. 11. Which item felt heavier, the item measured in grams or the item measured in kilograms? Item measured in Kilograms 12. Based off of your answer to number 8, is a gram larger or smaller than a kilogram? Gram smaller than Kilogram. 13. What characteristic of these items do grams and kilograms measure: length, volume, mass, or temperature? Mass. 14. The other units that can be used to measure these items are either pounds or ounces. These are commonly used to measure the weight of objects. What property of the item(s) does weight measure? Is this property the same thing as your answer in number 13? Yes. 8

10 Understanding Liters: 15. Liters are the base unit of the metric system used to measure volume. Please list all of the pieces of glassware that could be used to measure volume. Beaker, graduated cylinder, graduated pipette. 16. If you were to pick two of these pieces of glassware to measure the volume of a liquid as accurately as possible, which two would you pick? Why? Graduated pipette, Graduated Cylinder; they have more accuracy. 17. Fill a 100 ml beaker with water to the 50 ml mark and measure with a graduated cylinder (ml). Find one item that is used to measure milliliters (ml). Write down the name of the item and how many liters or milliliters it measures. Please include the units (l or ml) with your measurement. Liters. Milk, Gasoline ml. medicine dose 18. Which item was larger, the one used to measure liters or the one used to measure milliliters? Liters. 19. Based off of your answer in number 17, would you be able to place all of the contents of a 2 liter container into a 1000 ml container? No, 2 Liters = 2000mL. 20. Would you be able to place the contents of a 1 liter container into a 600 mililiter container? No, 1 Liter = 1000 ml. What characteristic of the contents of the container do liters measure: length, volume, grams or temperature? Volume. 9

12 Put what you have read into practice: Convert the following numbers from full expression to scientific notation. 1. 1,345,635, x 10^ x 10^ x10^ x 10^ x 10^-3 Convert the following numbers from scientific notation to full expression x x x x x Statistical Calculations Introduction To analyze data generated in the laboratory in order to determine its significance, you must first be equipped to evaluate your data from a statistical perspective. A review of basic statistical terms is included here for your review. Mean: This is an average of a group of measurements. How to calculate mean? Add all values and divide by total number of values. Example: values- 40, 38, 22, 20, 30 Mean= divided by 5 = 30 Median: The value that is in the middle of a group of measurements. How to calculate median? Using previous example: Example: values- 40, 38, 22, 20, Rearrange from low to high- 20, 22, 30, 38, 40 Median= middle value = 11

13 Range: The difference between the smallest and the largest measurements. How to calculate range? Using previous example: Example: values- 40, 38, 22, 20, 30 Subtract smallest value, 20, from largest value, 40 Range = = 20 Deviation: Measures how the measurements vary from the mean (+ or - ). In other words, what is the difference between an actual measurement and the mean, or average, of the sample? How to calculate a deviation? Using previous example: Example: values- 40, 38, 22, 20, 30 We determined the mean to be 30. The deviation for the value 38 would be +8. This value is 8 more than the mean. Variance: This measures how much difference, or variation, there is between the values you have obtained. The smaller the variance, the closer the values will be to the mean. Likewise, the larger the variance, the farther the values will be from the mean. How do I calculate variance? Calculate the sum of the squared deviations divided by the number of values minus one. Using previous example: Example: values- 40, 38, 22, 20, 30 ( ) = Standard Deviation: Standard deviation gives you an idea of the widely spread your values are about the mean. The smaller the standard deviation, the closer your values will be to the average. If you were to graph data having a small standard deviation, you would expect a tall, thin bell shaped curve. On the other hand, if the standard deviation were large, your bell shaped curve would be wider. How to calculate Standard Deviation? Calculate the square root of the variance. Using previous example: Example: values- 40, 38, 22, 20, 30 The variance equaled 82, to determine Standard Deviation take the square root of 82 = 9.06 Note: Standard deviation can be used to evaluate the percentage of a population that is near average. One standard deviation to the left and right of the mean will cover 68% of the population; two standard deviations to the left and right of the mean will cover 95% of the population. 12

14 Put what you have read into practice: Purpose: In this exercise you will record the gender and height of everyone in the lab. You will determine the average height of males and females in your lab section. Materials and Methods: Meter Stick Lab participants Have each individual list their gender and height on the whiteboard. Record this information in the data table provided. Where necessary, convert measurements recorded in English units to metric centimeters. Use the space provided to record deviations (required on next page). Results: Males (inches): Males (cm): Females (inches): Females (cm): Figure 1: Height measurements of Biology 1406 laboratory population Use the data from your table to calculate the following, using the information and examples of each given previously (show your work!). Make sure that you use the data expressed in cm, not inches! 13

15 Size of sample: Males Females Entire Class Mean height: Males Females Entire Class Median Height: Males Females Entire Class Range of height: Males Females Entire Class 14

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