Writing Science Lab Reports: Live Learning

Writing Science Lab Reports: Live Learning
Dates and Times for Live Classes:

Check back for a new, live experiment with science writing… every month!

Writing Science Lab Reports Live Class
Chromatography
Jan 12-26, 2021
Tuesday 12-12:50 PM PST / 3-3:50 PM EST Schedule

Meets the last 3 Tuesdays of January, 2021.

weekTuesdays 12-12:50 PM PST / 3-3:50 PM EST
1January 12
Before the Experiment: Design and Reporting
Bring to class: blank paper and pen (not pencil)
2January 19
During the Experiment: Getting the Data
Bring to class: Your report from week 1 and (optionally) your experiment: We will perform a classic experiment of “coffee filter” chromatography to analyze various inks and dyes. You need clear cups, rubbing alcohol, pencil (not pen), white coffee filters, scissors, tape or stapler/staples, and various inks and dyes from: food coloring, markers, permanent markers, pens, etc.
3January 26
After the Experiment: Analysis and Discussion of Results
Bring to class: Your report from weeks 1-2.

Writing Science Lab Reports Live Class
DNA Extraction
Dec 1-15, 2020
Tuesday 2-2:50 PM PST / 5-5:50 PM EST Schedule

Meets the first 3 Tuesdays of December.

weekTuesdays 2-2:50 PM PST / 5-5:50 PM EST
1December 1
Before the Experiment: Design and Reporting
Bring to class: blank paper and pen (not pencil)
2December 8
During the Experiment: Getting the Data
Bring to class: Your report from week 1 and (optionally) your experiment: We will extract DNA from strawberries. In addition to a handful of strawberries, you need a plastic bag, dish soap, salt (non-iodized is preferable), warm water, funnel, coffee filter, cold rubbing alcohol, toothpicks, and some glasses for mixing.
3December 15
After the Experiment: Analysis and Discussion of Results
Bring to class: Your report from weeks 1-2.

Writing Science Lab Reports Live Class
Mixing Substances Experiment
Nov 3-17, 2020
Tuesday 8-8:50 AM PST / 11-11:50 AM EST Schedule

We meet 3 consecutive Tuesdays November 3, 10 and 17. Each live class is an hour long. This is a great laboratory course to take along with any chemistry course. We do a different experiment each month.

Writing Lab Reports: Mixing Substances is an easy one to participate in. You just need water and oil, and we will test if various food substances from around the kitchen will dissolve in either. Then we’ll use our chemistry knowledge to explain the results.

weekTuesdays 8-8:50 AM PST / 11-11:50 AM EST
1November 3
Before the Experiment: Design and Reporting
Bring to class: blank paper and pen (not pencil)
2November 10
During the Experiment: Getting the Data
Bring to class: Your report from week 1 and (optionally) your experiment:* We will test whether a variety of kitchen goods (salt, sugar, baking soda, food coloring, butter, margarine, dish soap, vinegar, lemon juice, etc.) dissolve in water and/or cooking oil. You need water, oil, clear cups for mixing, and a variety of food substances to test.
3November 17
After the Experiment: Analysis and Discussion of Results
Bring to class: Your report from weeks 1-2.
*(optional) to experiment at home you need: baking soda, vinegar, measuring cup (mL), water bottle, balloons, ruler, thermometer (optional), scale (optional)

Writing Science Lab Reports Live Class
Balloon Pressure Experiment
Oct 13-27, 2020
Tuesday 8-8:50 AM PST / 11-11:50 AM EST Schedule

We meet 3 consecutive Tuesdays October 13, 20 and 27. Each live class is an hour long. This is a great laboratory course to take along with any chemistry course. We do a different experiment each month.

Writing Lab Reports: Balloon Pressure will focus on estimating the pressure inside a balloon. We will first inflate a balloon using the gas produced from a chemical reaction. We will carefully control how much gas is generated. Then, we will apply the Ideal Gas Law to estimate the pressure inside the balloon. We will conclude with a discussion of how to best conduct the experiment, practically, to get the best results at home.

weekTuesdays 8-8:50 AM PST / 11-11:50 AM EST
1October 13
Before the Experiment: Design and Reporting
Bring to class: blank paper and pen (not pencil)
2October 20
During the Experiment: Getting the Data
Bring to class: Your report from week 1 and (optionally) your experiment:* Inflate a balloon with gas generated by the baking soda and vinegar reaction. Measure the volume with a ruler and temperature with a thermometer to find the pressure.
3October 27
After the Experiment: Analysis and Discussion of Results
Bring to class: Your report from weeks 1-2. Also bring a calculator.
*(optional) to experiment at home you need: baking soda, vinegar, measuring cup (mL), water bottle, balloons, ruler, thermometer (optional), scale (optional)

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Course Information

Prerequisite: You are ready for this course if you can write in paragraphs.

Description:  We design an experiment, do the experiment, and write a report about the experiment. This class is offered every month or so, and we change the experiment each time. This time, we do the titration experiment.

You also get Dr Scott’s 23 simple steps for making a good lab report every time, guaranteed. In both video course and written formats.

The big ideas you’ll be learning:

  1. Writing a solid, readable lab report that tells a story
  2. Making a template for future lab reports to save time
  3. Thinking like a scientist before, during, and after the experiment
  4. Organizing data
  5. Making measurements that are scientifically precise