A Laboratory is a room or a building designed specifically for carrying out experiments.
Laboratory Rules and Safety Guidelines
Rules in a Physics Laboratory
State rules in physics laboratory
While working in the lab, individuals are advised to adhere to specific lab rules to ensure their safety, that of other people working in the lab and the safety of the apparatus and chemicals stored in the lab.
Rules in the physics lab
You should only enter the lab in the presence of a lab attendant.
Keep all exits and entrances to and from the lab clear of obstructions.
Don’t eat or drink in the lab.
Solid objects should not be thrown into the sink or water ways.
Don’t use any lab container for drinking or storing food.
Make sure that you wash your hands with soap before you leave the lab.
The cover or stopper of a particular chemical must be replaced immediately after use.
After experiments, clean your bench and leave it dry and well arranged.
Never quarrel or fight in the lab.
Never use ungloved hands to hold hot objects
Safety Measures in the Physics Laboratory
Explain the safety measures in physics laboratory
Safety measures in physics lab
All experiments which produce poisonous fumes must be conducted in the fume chamber.
Lab floor should not be polished to avoid slipperiness.
Lab should have large windows and doors should be opened outwards.
Ensure that the fire extinguisher is fixed to an appropriate place ready to be accessed in case of fire.
In a multi storey building, a physics lab should be in the lowest floor.
Using First Aid Kit to Render First Aid
Use the First Aid Kit to render first aid
First aid is the immediate care given to accident victims or an injured person before he/she is taken to the hospital for further medical treatment. It reduces pain and it helps to bring hope and encouragement to accident victims.
A First Aid Kit is a small box which is placed in a safe and accessible place in the lab and is used for the storage of instruments and chemicals for first aid.
Contents of a first aid kit and their uses
1. Pair of scissors
To cut adhesive tapes, bandages and gauze
2. Rolls of adhesive tape
To hold firmly into wounds bandages, gauze and cotton wool
3. Bandages and cotton wool
To clean and cover wounds
4. Sterilised new razor blades
Used when treating new or old wound
5. Sterilised wound
To clean and cover wounds
6. Safety pin
To tighten clip bandages
7. One jar of petroleum jelly
To apply on burns
8. Iodine tincture
To clean fresh cuts and bruises
To wash hands and wounds
10. Antibiotic solution.
To clean wounds
Identify warning signs
Warning signs are signs on the containers of chemicals as warnings about the danger of the contained chemical. There are six warning signs.
These are substances can explode. An explosion is a forceful rapid reaction which involves the throwing off particles at high speeds.
The sign means that it is dangerous to keep explosives in glass containers.
This is a chemical/substance that helps a burning substance to burn faster.
Oxidising agent makes a small fire to become bigger. Heating a mixture of an organic material with an oxidising agent may cause explosion. Eg; heating potassium permanganate with saw dust.
These substances catch fire easily. They should not be kept near open flames. If heated, an electric heater should be used.
These substances burn skin as well can corrode floors and desktops.
If by accident, a corrosive substance comes into contact with your skin, go to the sink and wash your skin with a lot of water. Examples; Concentrated mineral acids like HCl and HNO3 II. Concentrated alkalis like NaOH and KOH
These are very poisonous and can cause death immediately after use or after a few days. They should not be allowed to come into contact with you.
If you come into contact with such a chemical accidentally, wash it away with a lot of water.
Harmful are substances that may cause illness or endanger your health. They won’t kill instantly but they are lethal. Irritating substances- cause pain in eyes or on your skin and can endanger your health if you are in contact with them doe too long.
They should be handled according to the stipulated instructions.
Warning Signs in Daily Life
Use warning signs in daily life
Warning signs help us to know the possible danger that is near us so that we can take precautions before it is too late. For example, in hospitals there are doors labeled with radioactive symbols to warn the passers of the harmful radiations from x-ray machines. These symbols can also be seen in mining areas.
The boxes containing materials like glasses which can easily break are labeled with fragile warning sign to make anyone who carries box to be careful. Warning signs can be found on several materials to make sure safety is observed.
Basic Principles of Science Investigation
The Concept of Scientific Investigation
Explain the concept of scientific investigation
Scientific investigation refers to the step-by-step procedures and methods used in carrying out a scientific investigation. It involves a deep study into the problem, its causes and obtaining the solution through experiments and analysis of the results obtained.
Scientific investigation is the way through which scientists are able to apply researching skills and techniques to examine a problem and finally come out with a proper conclusion.
Steps of Scientific Investigation
Identify the steps of scientific investigation
There are 8 common steps to follow when doing a scientific investigation.
Identification of a problem -This is the first step where a problem is recognized or observed. For example, a scientist may observe that every day at noon his/her bicycle tire bursts
Asking questions – At this stage a scientist ask self-questions about the observed problems. For example, does the hot weather at noon cause the observed tire bursts?
Hypothesis formulation – This is the stage where a scientist guesses the possible causes of the observed problem. The scientist tries to guess intelligent answers about the questions asked in the second step for example, bursting of the tire is mainly caused by the hot temperature at noon. The hypothesis can be true or false.
Experimentation – At this stage, the hypothesis is being tested scientifically. An experiment is a test conducted in a controlled conditions or environment such as in a laboratory. The aim of the experiment is to obtain scientific answers or data about the observed problem. Data is a set of facts, values or details which can be translated to give a meaning.
Collection of data and analysis – During experimentation, results or data obtained are collected and recorded in a good manner. The good way of recording data is by using tables (tabular form).
Data interpretation – At this stage, the data recorded are related to one another to obtain the relationship between them. For example, it may be found that as the temperature of the surroundings increases the size (volume) of the tire becomes large.
Presentation of data – This is when the data or information obtained is put in a form that can be well understood. In this stage mathematical formula, graphs and diagrams can be used to explain the results.
Conclusion – This is when a scientist comes out with a statement or summary to agree or disagree with the hypothesis according to the results obtained from the experiment. The scientist provides the possible solution to the problem observed on the first step. For example, bursting of tire at noon is caused by enormous expansion of air inside the tire brought by rise of temperature.