We are pleased to announce content enhancements to our digital science labs for the current term. Based on feedback from our instructors and students, we’ve improved our approach to creating and delivering science simulations. For the Fall 2016 term, many of our library labs have been revised.
HOW THIS AFFECTS YOUR COURSE
Please review the list of labs below carefully as they may affect your courses. If you currently assign one of the revised labs, your old version of the lab will be updated as of August 15, 2016. This affects both the view of your section and within your gradebook.
If you are using a custom version of any of these labs, we recommend switching to the new, improved versions listed below. If you are unsure if you are using custom versions, please contact email@example.com for assistance.
The content updates contain:
- An increased focus on learning outcomes with learning objectives clearly identified in the description of the labs
- An addition to the lab’s manual demonstrating real-life connection between what students will do in the lab and how the lab’s content applies outside the lab
- A new organization for short answer assessment questions to read more like a lab report, with sections for Lab Results, Data Analysis, and Conclusions
- Additional questions in both short answer and multiple choice assessment demonstrating critical thinking
- Worked out solutions to mathematical short answer questions to make grading faster and easier
- Lab and assessment revisions by a team of subject-matter experts who teach in the field
The following labs and their assessments have been reviewed and revised to ensure accuracy, ease of use, and the new features you see above.
- Alka Seltzer Strength
- Analysis of Hydrogen Peroxide Solutions
- Apparent Molecular Weight of Air
- Avogadro’s Law
- Boyle’s Law
- Characteristic Properties: Melting and Boiling Points
- Charles’s Law
- Chemical Kinetics
- Conservation of Mass
- Decomposition of Malachite
- Density: A Characteristic Property
- Empirical Formula of a Hydrate
- Enthalpy Change for the Decomposition of Ammonium Chloride
- Enthalpy Change of a Chemical Reaction
- Flame Test
- Identifying Halide Ions
- Law of Definite Proportions
- Molar Mass of Magnesium
- Molar Volume of an Ideal Gas
- Mole to Mole Relationship between Cu and Ag
- Oxidation–Reduction Titration
- pH Indicators
- Precipitation Titration of Cobalt Chloride
- Pressure and Stoichiometry
- Qualitative Analysis of Group I Cations
- Quantitative Determination of Food Dyes in Powdered Drink Mixes
- Spectrophotometric Analysis of Copper
- Standardization of an NaOH Solution
- Stoichiometry by Loss of CO2
- Stoichiometry of an Acid–Base Reaction
- Temperature Dependence of Salt Solubility
- Titration of Strong and Weak Acids
- Titration Tutorial
Biology and Microbiology
- Acids, Bases, and pH Buffers
- Biology PCR
- Cell Structure and Function
- Cultivation of Bacteria
- Expanded Extreme Bacteria
- Extreme Bacteria
- Mitosis and Meiosis
- PCR of 16s rRNA Gene
- Plant Structure and Function
- Scientific Method
- Centripetal Force
- Conservation of Energy
- Conservation of Momentum
- Error Analysis
- Free Falling Bodies
- Hooke’s Law
- Newton’s Second Law
- Two-Dimensional Kinematics
In addition to the changes above, the following labs have also undergone a title change.
- Pressure and Stoichiometry is now titled Stoichiometry of a Gas-Forming Reaction
- Harmonic Waves is now titled Standing Waves
The labs below include changes to procedures or instruments.
Biology and Microbiology
- Diffusion and Osmosis: Some procedures within the lab have been changed for timing.
We are passionate about delivering the most accurate, realistic, and engaging science labs and assessments! We look forward to your continued feedback on our in-lab content.
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