Like all of the books in the critically acclaimed Preserving the Legacy series, this manual is easy to understand and use, with clear instructions and a discovery approach. The book contains 26 experiments that have been carefully selected to illustrate major physics and chemistry concepts. They require simple, inexpensive equipment and are designed to be completed within three hours.
Each experiment starts with a review of the background concepts, information, and formulas necessary to carry out the experiment. Three or four investigations are then presented, each with its own objectives, procedures, and interpretation. Next, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding by bringing together selected data and conclusions in the preparation of a "Report Sheet." In a final section, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts by applying them to a new situation.
Topics addressed in the experiments include:
∗ Matter and energy
∗ Acids and bases
∗ Nuclear processes
∗ Chemical reactions
Note to the Student.
Experiment/Text Correlation and Student Objectives.
Concrete: A Common Mixture.
Uncertainty, Error Bars, and Calibration.
Percent Composition and Error Analysis.
Estimating the Atomic Mass of Metals.
Using Spreadsheets to Analyze Objects in Motion.
Objects in Motion.
Momentum and Friction in a Car Crash: A Forensic Investigation.
Waves and Oscillations.
Volume and Temperature Relationships of Gases.
Heat of Reaction.
Exploration of Acids and Bases.
Acid Concentrations and Strengths.
Percent of Acetic Acid in Vinegar: An Acid/Base Titration.
Build Your Own Voltmeter.
Build Your Own Ammeter.
Optics of Thin Lenses.
Using Properties to Identify Organic Families.
Simulating Nuclear Processes.
Supplemental Exercises in Physics and Chemistry.
Appendix A –
Common Temperature Measurements.
Appendix B –
Prefixes Used with SI Fundamental Units.
Appendix C –