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A Pollution Study

Introduction

The study of environmental problems is an important component of an environmental science course. Some of the environmental problems that can be conveniently studied using probeware are: acid deposition (pH Sensor and Conductivity Probe), heat islands and temperature inversion (Temperature Probe), indoor air pollution (CO2 Gas Sensor), soil salinization (Conductivity Probe), and water pollution (Conductivity Probe, Dissolved Oxygen Probe, pH Sensor, Temperature Probe, Turbidity Sensor, and other sensors).

Because there are many different sensors that you might choose to use in this experiment, the sequence will differ from the usual sequence in that you will choose a researchable question prior to the Preliminary Activity.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will use reference sources to find out more about environmental problems, choose a researchable question, do the Preliminary Activity, and then you will do your research.

Your teacher will suggest a procedure for your Preliminary Activity that is tailored to your needs based on your chosen research question, the sensor(s) you will use, and your previous probeware experience.

Sensors and Equipment

This investigation features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Investigation 34 from Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry Lab Book

<em>Investigating Environmental Science through Inquiry</em> book cover

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