- About the Author
This book contains the teacher's instructions for lab experiments for both Introductory Physics and Accelerated Studies in Physics and Chemistry (ASPC) science courses. Each experiment includes learning objectives, a materials list, a statement of the purpose of the experiment, an overview, pre-lab discussion points, teacher’s experiment protocols, any safety precautions, and discussion of the use of any special apparatus. For some experiments calling for expensive equipment, alternative methods are suggested with less costly equipment.
There is a total of six lab experiments in the book: five apply to both texts, and ASPC has one additional.
Experiments are an opportunity to learn proper laboratory skills and methods which will be needed in college and possible career. They serve to illustrate concepts learned separately in the classroom. They introduce students to laboratory apparatus. They also stimulate students and enhance the course experience with an interesting tactile activity.
High School lab experiments put students in the mode of the scientist and demonstrate how scientific investigation works. They have the power to reveal to students the importance of accuracy, precision, and attention to detail like few other activities in life.
The contents of this book are a subset of our book Favorite Experiments in Physics and Physical Science, a more comprehensive resource for high school science educators.
John D. Mays
After receiving his BS in Electrical Engineering from Texas A&M University, John D. Mays worked for 14 years as an electrical engineering and engineering manager in the areas of electrical, control, and telecommunications systems. Drawn toward the field of education, John acquired an MEd in Secondary Education from the University of Houston in 1989, and subsequently completed 36 hours of graduate study in Physics at Texas A&M. Shortly after joining the faculty at Regents School of Austin in 1999, John began work on an MLA at St. Edward's University, which he completed in 2003. John served as Math-Science Department Chair at Regents School for nine years and as Director of the Laser Optics Lab for 10 years. He founded Novare Science & Math in 2009 and is the author of numerous science texts and teacher resources. He now works full time as Director of Science Curriculum for Classical Academic Press.
Attention Rule Followers! - Blog Article
Why Are Our Lab Experiments So Complicated? - Blog Article
Edition: 1st Edition
Grade Level: High School
Trim Size: 6.5” x 9.5”
Binding: Soft cover
Color or BW: Color
- The Pendulum Lab: learning experimental methods and procedures, collect data, control variables, develop a complete lab report from scratch
- The Soul of Motion: investigate Newton’s second law of motion, use theory to make quantitative predictions of results, present theoretical predictions and results on the same set of axes on a graph, explore new scientific equipment
- The Hot Wheels Lab: investigate conservation of energy, use proper method to avoid parallax error, correctly measure lengths, make quantitative predictions of results, explore new scientific equipment
- DC Circuits: DC circuits and the use of electronic test equipment, explore new scientific equipment, calculate predicted values based on actual experimental conditions
- The Density Lab: accurately determining density with correct lab technique and computer-based analysis, practice proper care and safety with glassware, use displacement method to measure solid volume, use computer to calculate slope of the least squares regression line, correctly insert and extract metal objects from a graduated cylinder
- The Solubility Lab: determining solubility and the effect of temperature on solubility (additional lab for use with ASPC), determine when a solution has reached saturation, practice proper care and safety with glassware and gas burners, learn handling and disposal of substances, correctly read volumes and account for meniscus, create bar chart to display results