NANSLO Lab Activities

NANSLO Lab Manuals for Survey Courses

Biology SurveyNANSLO Survey of Biology Lab Manual - Includes 10 NANSLO Lab Activities

 

 

 

Chemistry SurveyNANSLO Survey of Chemistry Lab Manual - Includes 10 NANSLO Lab Activities

 

 

 

*Use this list to view more information about each lab activity and to access a Word document for that activity that can be saved for your use or modification.

NANSLO Lab Activities - Biology/Allied Health 

Buffer Systems Histology - Muscle Tissue
Cell Type  Comparison Histology - Neuronal Tissue
Cell Types Prokaryote, Protista and Fungi Introduction to Microscopy
Diseased Cell Comparison Membrane Diffusion
Enzyme Activity Membrane Osmosis
Hematology Mitosis & Meiosis
Histology - Connective Tissue Parasitology
Histology - Epithelial Tissue Photosynthesis

NANSLO Lab Activities - Chemistry/Allied Health

Acid Base Titration Colligative Properties - Freezing Point Depression
Beer-Lambert Law Electron Charge/Mass (Helmholtz Coil)
Beer-Lambert Law - Food Dye Concentration in Sports Drinks Emission Spectroscopy
Citric Acid in Popular Drinks - Titration Gas Chromatography

NANSLO Lab Activities - Physics/Allied Health

Accelerated Motion Charge to Mass for Physics
Conservation of Momentum and Energy Uniform Motion

The following describes the openly licensed NANSLO lab activities available to use as is or modify to fit your course needs. 

Biology/Allied Health NANSLO Lab Activities

NANSLO Lab Activity

Description

Lab Offering Activity

Buffer Systems
BIO 111, BIO 105 (with simplifIcation)
Acid and base is added to water, phosphate buffer and an albumin solution to demonstrate the buffering capacity of each (could also use for Chemistry with slight modification). Colorado
BC

 

Cell Type Comparison
Botany, BIO 111, BIO 112, Microbiology
Look at different types of cells and their characteristics from different domains of life - plants, animals, fungi, protists, and bacteria. Colorado
Cell Types Prokaryote, Protista and Fungi
Botany, BIO 111, BIO 112, Microbiology

 

Students will distinguish between prokaryotes and eukaryotes cellular structure, describe basic cellular structures and characteristics of Protista, identify and describe the three basic shapes of bacteria, explain the significance of bacterial cell wall structures and the Gram staining differences, identify two free-living protozoan, and differentiate between yeasts and molds.

Colorado
BC

Diseased Cell Comparison
BIO 112, A&P, Intro Cell BIO, Cell BIO, Pathophysiology

Students will view different slides of pathological tissues and cells and compare them to normal tissues and learn about the impact of certain diseases on the tissues and cells. 

Colorado

Enzyme Activity
BIO 112

Glucoseoxidase is injected into sugar solution, resulting in a color change, which is quantified with a spectrometer (could also use for Chemistry with slight modification).

Colorado
BC

Hematology
A&P, Pathophysiology

Slides with optional blood-typing kit.  Part of the lab will be activities to do with the blood-typing kit if the institution opts to have their students order it.

Colorado

Histology - Connective Tissue
BIO 112, A&P, Pathophysiology

Students will learn about the characteristics of different tissues by viewing human tissue slides.

Colorado
BC

Histology - Epithelial Tissue
BIO 112, A&P, Pathophysiology

Students will learn about the characteristics of different tissues by viewing human tissue slides.

Colorado

Histology - Muscular Tissue
BIO 112, A&P, Pathophysiology

Students will learn about the characteristics of different tissues by viewing human tissue slides.

Colorado

Histology - Neuronal Tissue
BIO 112, A&P, Pathophysiology

Students will learn about the characteristics of different tissues by viewing human tissue slides.

Colorado

Introduction to Microscopy
BIO 111, Biology w/Lab, BIO 105, General Biology

Introduces students to the importance of determining such things as field of view and magnification power of a microscope. Students complete common characterization activities and compare/contrast the results between the digital microscope and the basic optical microscope used in the at-home kits. 

Colorado

Membrane Diffusion
BIO 111, BIO 105 (with simplification)

Iodine diffuses into starch solution.  Spectrometer is used to monitor color change (could also use for Chemistry with slight modification).

Colorado

Membrane Osmosis
BIO 111, BIO 105 (with simplification)

Lab utilizes the microscope to look at temperature influences on molecular movements with India ink and  then focuses on the impacts of tonicity on plant and animal cells.

Colorado

Mitosis & Meiosis
BIO 111, Biology w/Lab, BIO 105, General Biology

Students examine plant and animal cells in various stages of development and identify cells in various stages. 

 

Parasitology
Pathophysiology, A&P

Using slides to view different types of human and non-human parasites

 

Photosynthesis

 

Chemistry/Allied Health NANSLO Lab Activities

NANSLO Lab Activity

Description

Lab Offering Activity

Acid Base Titration
CHE 111, General Chemistry
CHE 101, Survey of Chemistry (with simplification)

Could be acid/base titration with pH probes for much more accurate results than possible with kit, or might be a kinetics activity using iodine clock and adding different amounts of reactants to several flasks to see effect of concentration on reaction rate.

Colorado

Beer-Lambert Law
CHE 111, General Chemistry
CHE 101, Survey of Chemistry (with simplification)

The absorption of visible light by a series of pre-made solutions of nickel sulfate is quantified. This information is used to create a standard curve of absorption vs. concentration. The absorbance of a nickel sulfate solution of unknown (to the student) concentration is then measured and the concentration determined by the student. 

Colorado

Beer-Lambert Law - Food Dye Concentration in Sports Drinks

 

Colorado

Citric Acid in Popular Drinks - Titration

 

Colorado

Colligative Properties - Freezing Point Depression

 

Colorado

Electron Charge/Mass
(Helmholtz Coil)

CHE 111, CHE 101 (with simplication)

Uses Helmholtz coil to determine charge/mass ratio of electron (modern-day version of Thomson Cathode Ray experiment.

Colorado

Emission Spectroscopy
CHE 111, General Chemistry
CHE 101, Survey of Chemistry (with simplification)

Students examine the light emitted by four different gases (atomic and molecular) and draw conclusions about electron states and energy levels. One of the gases is carbon dioxide, so students are able to investigate the link between the emission spectrum of carbon dioxide and its functionality as a "greenhouse gas." 

Colorado

Gas Chromatography
CHE 112, CHE 102 (with simplication)

A gas chromatograph is used to discern between various types of organic compounds.

Colorado

Physics/Allied Health NANSLO Lab Activities

NANSLO Lab Activity

Description

Lab Offering Activity

Accelerated Motion

An air track is used to measure the instantaneous velocity as a sled passes through photogates.   From this data, students calculate the average velocity of a single sled before a collision and the average velocity of the combined sleds after a collision.

Colorado

Charge to Mass for Physics

A gas discharge tube and a pair of Helmholtz Coils are used to examine the motion of electronics in a magnetic field.

Colorado

Conservation of Momentum and Energy

An air track is used to measure the instantaneous velocity as a sled passes through photogates.   From this data, students calculate the average velocity of a single sled before a collission and the average velocity of the combined sleds after a collision.

Colorado

Uniform Motion

An air track is used to investigate motion without acceleration. From data collected, students calculate the instantaneous velocity of sleds as they pass through photogates.

Colorado

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