Chapter 17. Lab III-3 Observe Shatter Patterns

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

  • Forceps

  • Modeling clay

  • Slides, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Desk lamp or other top illuminator

  • Hammer

  • Microscope

  • Newspapers or brown paper bags

  • Tape, masking or duct


The only real danger in this lab session is handling broken glass. Particularly when you are breaking glass, wear goggles to protect your eyes, and heavy gloves to prevent cuts.


Matching the density and the optical and chemical characteristics of glass or plastic specimens provides, at best, ...

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