Biology10-lab assignment-what makes science important lab

LAB: OAKLAND IN CA – Lake Merritt

lab 1 manual-What Makes Science Important (page 3-13)

Let’s take a closer look at


Step One – What do you see?

We are lucky enough to be close to Lake Merritt. Read over some information about the Lake by clicking here (Links to an external site.)

Here’s a map of the Lake and the surrounding area (including Laney)


for most images in this Canvas shell, you can click on it to enlarge

Step Two – Writing a Hypothesis

Be sure you hypothesis is written with the correct language (read the lab for tips)

Step Three – Designing an Experiment and Collecting Data

The next part of the lab helps you set up your experiment. Double-check the lecture if you need help with the difference between controls and variables.

The Metric System

If we were in class, you would conduct this part with your groups. Instead, we’ve provided some information. Click on the images if you’d like to make them larger.

The Metric System (Links to an external site.)metric system videoDistance

This is a meter stick.  If you have a ruler or measuring tape at home, you can conduct the measurement part. You may also be able to find a ruler online that is accurate.

meter stick.jpeg


This is a three beam balance.

three beam balance-1.jpg

At home, if it’s okay, you can measure out the amounts of salt with a teaspoon. 1 teaspoon= ~6 grams. 


Graduated Cylinders of various sizes

graduated cylinders

Since we don’t have a sink to measure water online, I’m providing you these data. With that in mind, try to complete the equation using the steps outlined in the video

1 quart is ~946 ml

         Hint: write out what you know on the side. What conversion factors will you need to use?


Folks tend to make this harder than it has to be. Read through the questions, think about what the question is asking. Here is an image of thermometers to help you out. (Try not to just google the answers)

comparison of temperatures

Step Four: Gathering Data, Step Five: Reporting Your Results & Step Six: What Does it All Mean?

Results and Conclusion (Links to an external site.)results and conclusions

In these sections, we have provided data for you to graph and analyze. Be sure you read the directions as they are there to help!

Lastly, Why do we care?

In this class, we would really like you to think about what the information means. Use these questions as a way to write down what you think.

Here is a cool article on bioluminescence in Lake Merritt (Links to an external site.)

Remember you can ask your group or us for assistance. Use the Check In page to sign up for times or email us.

Once you complete the lab, you can submit photos of the pages or scan them and submit them here. Be sure it’s a format that we can open like a pdf or word document. (We can’t open Apple Files or Google Docs 🙂  – Remember you have assistance videos here: How To Videos & Video Meeting Tips and Canvas Orientation, Support and Use in This Class

Here is the answer key: BIOL 10 1 – What Makes Science Important answer key Preview the document(all keys unlock after the submission window closes)

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