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2.1: Learning Objectives

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  • Learning Objectives

    After this lab you should be able to:

    1. Properly identify and use various types of glassware, pipettes, and other basic lab equipment.
    2. Measure weight, length, and volume in the Metric System.
    3. Make unit conversions within the Metric System.

    As you know, the metric system is the unit of measurement (International System of Units, or SI) in most countries and the only system adopted by the international science community. Although we don’t often use the metric system in the United States to quantify things in our daily lives, it is what we use exclusively in science. Interestingly, the U.S. has been moving to convert to the metric system for decades, and many things are labeled with the metric system. Think of a two-liter bottle of soda, a 5K charity run, a 600mg dose of Ibuprofen, etc. The Metric System has been in use since it was invented in France in the 1790’s; perhaps one day we will catch up!

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