Particle Size Analysis, Soil Texture, and Hydraulic Conductivity
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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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