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Water Quality Lab

Water Quality Lab

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This is a laboratory packet for a simple experiment on water quality research. This lab will allow the students to learn how to write a lab report. Therefore, this experience will be very beneficial to their futures.
This is a laboratory packet for a simple experiment on water quality research. This lab will allow the students to learn how to write a lab report. Therefore, this experience will be very beneficial to their futures.

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 Name: ___________________________ Class: ___________________________ Teacher: ________________________ Date: ___________________________ Bio 117 Lab: Monitoring Water Quality (40 points)Introduction: The purpose of this laboratory is to introduce concepts used to monitor thequality of natural surface waters in streams, lakes, and rivers. This laboratory will helpyou appreciate the impacts of human activities on water quality as well as the local problems associated with water quality. You will use the data collected during your givenlaboratory period to write up a lab report, which is due on October 1, 2009. Today, youwill be introduced to different tests that will evaluate the quality of surface waters. Wewill divide the class into groups of two and take measurements of local surface water.Any results observed must be written down. These results will help when it comes time towrite up your lab report.Each group will take a sample of water and analyze it for a number of water quality parameters. The instructions and purposes of these measurements are described in theLaMotte Water Testing Kit. The PowerPoint presentation on water quality will further assist in necessary information for this laboratory. You will also be required to compareyour results to a control sample, which will be tap water for this experiment.Additionally, you will compare your results to the results of the rest of the class.The lab report should consist of 6 sections:
TITLE:
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 Name of experiment
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Date the experiment was performed
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Author’s name
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Lab partner’s name
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Instructor’s name
PURPOSE:
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Make a one to two sentence statement indicating why the laboratory is being performed.
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State the goal in carrying out this lab.
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State what is expected to be learned from this lab.
Methods:
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Description of water quality parameters, procedures, kits, materials, originof water sample, description of sites, etc.
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For some of the water quality parameters, you will need to return to thelab either 2 or 5 days after the water was collected. Read the test kit booklet for further details. If you do not read your results, you are hurtingyour grade as well as everyone else’s grade.1

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