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Particle Size Analysis, Soil Texture, and Hydraulic Conductivity

Joseph Asante, Oberlin College

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Lab: Particle Size Analysis, Soil Texture, and Hydraulic Conductivity



undergraduate hydrogeology course

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Prior to this lab activity, i talked with students in the lecture class about Porous materials properties and subsurface flow (unsaturated). In these lectures all the important terms in this lab activity are explained.

How the activity is situated in the course

This is their second lab activity and i try to coordinate it with the lecture component of the course. This lab is due after one week.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

The students: performing particle size analysis; determine soil classification; estimate soil water retention parameters, hydraulic conductivity of soil, and infiltration rate

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

systems thinking; integrated approach to problem solving

Other skills goals for this activity

using excel, good team player

Description and Teaching Materials

lab_2 (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 274kB May3 13)

Teaching Notes and Tips


students are assessed on the answers that they provide to the activities they perform and to the questions asked in this lab activity.

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