Introductory Biology (Version 1.4)
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Table of Contents:
Lab 1: The Scientific Method
Lab 2: Writing a Lab Report
Lab 3: Data Measurement
Lab 4: Introduction to the Microscope
Lab 5: The Chemistry of Life
Lab 6: Diffusion
Lab 7: Osmosis
Lab 8: Respiration
Lab 9: Enzymes
Lab 10: Cell Structure & Function
Lab 11: Mitosis
Lab 12: Meiosis
Lab 13: DNA & RNA
Lab 14: Mendelian Genetics
Lab 15: Population Genetics
Common Labware found in ESL Kits
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Please thoroughly read the lab exercise before starting!
If you have any doubt as to what you are supposed to be doing and how to do it safely, please STOP and then:
Double‐check the manual instructions.
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Proper lab attire
Remove all loose clothing (jackets, sweatshirts, etc.) and always wear closed‐toe shoes.
Long hair should be pulled back and secured and all jewelry (rings, watches, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.), should be removed.
Safety glasses or goggles should be worn at all times. In addition, wearing soft contact lenses while conducting experiments is discouraged, as they can absorb potentially harmful chemicals.
When handling chemicals, always wear the protective goggles, gloves, and apron provided.
Performing the experiment
Do not eat, drink, chew gum, apply cosmetics or smoke while conducting an experi‐ ment.
Work in a well ventilated area and monitor experiments at all times, unless instructed otherwise.
When working with chemicals:
Never return unused chemicals to their original container or place chemicals in an unmarked container.
Always put lids back onto chemicals immediately after use. Never ingest chemicals. If this occurs, seek immediate help.
Call 911 or “Poison Control” 1‐800‐222‐1222
Never pipette anything by mouth.
Never leave a heat source unattended.
If there is a fire, evacuate the room immediately and dial 911.
Lab Clean‐up and Disposal
If a spill occurs, consult the MSDS to determine how to clean it up.
Never pick up broken glassware with your hands. Use a broom and a dustpan and dis‐ card in a safe area.
Do not use any part of the lab kit as a container for food.
Safely dispose of chemicals. If there are any special requirements for disposal, it will be noted in the lab manual.
When finished, wash hands and lab equipment thoroughly with soap and water.
Above all, USE COMMON SENSE!
Approximate Time and Additional Materials Needed for Each Lab ...