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, 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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