From: "Fitzgerald, Edward C." <Edward.Fitzgerald**At_Symbol_Here**TRINCOLL.EDU>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Basic Laboratory Skills
Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 14:15:31 +0000
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I would add properly filling and reading a buret. Along with remembering to carry units when doing calculations and remembering to have a zero in front of a decimal point.

Edward C. Fitzgerald
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] on behalf of Samuella Sigmann [sigmannsb**At_Symbol_Here**APPSTATE.EDU]
Sent: Monday, June 02, 2014 9:11 PM
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] Basic Laboratory Skills

Hi Frankie -

I don't know if it is a "lab skill" so much as a necessary skill for doing lab calculations, but I would add using a scientific calculator for exponents, logs, etc. Also, using volumetric glassware to prepare solutions. This might be asking too much, as most high schools have limited resources.


On 6/2/2014 4:42 PM, Frankie Wood-Black wrote:
OK - I am working on a few different things all of which require a listing of basic laboratory skills for general chemistry - i.e. those things they should have learned in high school science. There is no definitive list out there - and in fact - I am not finding a good one at all.

Here is my list:

- measuring to the proper significant figures
- Using a triple beam balance
- Transferring liquids
- mixing liquids and solids
- Heating materials
- smelling a liquid
- Pipeting
- titration
- writing a laboratory report
- using a bunsen burner

What others should be on the list?

Frankie Wood-Black, Ph.D., REM, MBA
Principal - Sophic Pursuits
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Ponca City, OK 74604


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