Chapter 4. Lab I-2 Examine the Physical Characteristics of Soil

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from http://www.thehomescientist.com, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Cylinder, graduated, 100 mL

  • Mesh, fiberglass

  • Pipettes

  • Reaction plate, 24-well

  • Stirring rod

  • Test tubes

  • Test tube rack

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Balance

  • Cups, foam

  • Dishwashing liquid detergent

  • Drying dishes (see text)

  • Oven

  • Paint chips (see text)

  • Paper (copy paper, newspaper, or similar)

  • Pen, felt-tip marking

  • Sieves (optional; see text)

  • Soda bottle, 1 L or 2 L (clean and empty)

  • Specimens: soil, known and questioned

  • Ultraviolet light source (optional)

  • Watch or clock with ...

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