Physical Science: What the Technology Professional Needs to Know: A Laboratory Manual / Edition 1

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This laboratory manual is designed to be used with the text, Physical Science: What the Technology Professional Needs to Know. Developed for the aspiring technology professional with little or no background in the study of physics or chemistry, it provides the experience necessary for students to develop skills in experimentation and data interpretation.
Like all of the books in the critically acclaimed Preserving the Legacy series, this manual is easy to understand and use, with clear instructions and a discovery approach. The book contains 26 experiments that have been carefully selected to illustrate major physics and chemistry concepts. They require simple, inexpensive equipment and are designed to be completed within three hours.
Each experiment starts with a review of the background concepts, information, and formulas necessary to carry out the experiment. Three or four investigations are then presented, each with its own objectives, procedures, and interpretation. Next, students are asked to demonstrate their understanding by bringing together selected data and conclusions in the preparation of a "Report Sheet." In a final section, students are given the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts by applying them to a new situation.
Topics addressed in the experiments include:
* Measurements
* Matter and energy
* Acids and bases
* Motion
* Electricity
* Optics
* Nuclear processes
* Chemical reactions

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Editorial Reviews

To accompany the textbook with the same title, Zajac (physics, Kansas State U.-Salina) presents 26 experiments that he has selected to illustrate major physics and chemistry concepts and to develop skills in experimentation and data interpretation. Each requires simple, inexpensive equipment and is designed to be completed within three hours. He assumes students are aspiring technology professionals with little or no background in physics or chemistry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471360193
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/19/2001
  • Series: Preserving the Legacy Series, #8
  • Edition description: Lab Manual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 11.00 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD ZAJAC, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Physics in the Department of Arts, Sciences, and Business at Kansas State University-Salina.

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents.



Note to the Student.

Experiment/Text Correlation and Student Objectives.

Concrete: A Common Mixture.

Density-Buoyancy Relationships.

Uncertainty, Error Bars, and Calibration.

Percent Composition and Error Analysis.

Estimating the Atomic Mass of Metals.

Using Spreadsheets to Analyze Objects in Motion.

Objects in Motion.

Momentum and Friction in a Car Crash: A ForensicInvestigation.

Waves and Oscillations.

Simple Machines.

Volume and Temperature Relationships of Gases.


Heat of Reaction.

Exploration of Acids and Bases.

Acid Concentrations and Strengths.

Percent of Acetic Acid in Vinegar: An Acid/Base Titration.

Build Your Own Voltmeter.

Build Your Own Ammeter.


Diffraction Gratings.

Optics of Thin Lenses.


Molecular Models.

Organic Esters.

Using Properties to Identify Organic Families.

Simulating Nuclear Processes.

Supplemental Exercises in Physics and Chemistry.

Appendix A -
Common Temperature Measurements.

Appendix B -
Prefixes Used with SI Fundamental Units.

Appendix C -
Derived Units.

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