Over acquired Skills to be Developed Measuring temperature

Over a large period of time I have complete a variety ofassignments and investigations within Chemistry, Biology and Physics this wasin order to complete units within the BTEC course. There was many techniques inwhich were put to the test and also improve and even learned through it all. Igot to use and improve my independent labatoury skills and techniques and doingthis gave me more confidence so if I ever decided to go down the science routeI would have confidence and understanding on how to do things and what’s, what.

The things I investigated during this time was Colourimetry, Titrations andalso Chromatography techniques I was to complete these to complete the units.Whilst doing these investigations I was evaluating my skills and self and also startedto learn different if not better ways on carrying out experiment, all thedifferent safety features that needed to be carried out and why also made afterlooking back want to apply more into the next hurdle in which arose. Lastly Imust say doing this helped me to identify my strengths within and also myweakness and what I was struggling on.Glancing back on my work and seeing my skills when I startedto when I finished I think have improved and widened.

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I have made a table toexplain more.  Skills I started with Skills I had acquired Skills to be Developed Measuring temperature with a liquid thermometer. Being able to measure temperature using a digital thermometer and gaining more accurate measurements. To be able to use both more effectively and to also be able to identify when 1 is better than the other in different situations. Weighing Weights to the nearest Gram.

Weighing Weighs/mass to 2 – 3 decimal places. Weighing Liquids   Titrations using a pH meter gaining knowledge on how to do such experiment and also what it takes to carry out. Titrations using different equipment i.e. different ways of measuring amount of liquid or temperature. Making Dilutions whilst following instructions.

Doing my own calculations for when I was making my solutions Making more harder solutions or just solutions on general. Working under a teachers supervision Being able to work independently with guidance minimised Able to work independently with the confidence that I know what I’m doing and why. Shown above is only a few things in which I knew and alsolearnt, there was loads and loads more skills and knowledge in which I hadgained from doing these units. I think I has been very beneficial and hasreally helped to advance my skills with in and lab and with experiments. Thereare yes many skills in which I have improved on, but I found when doing theinvestigations and talking to the teacher about either the investigation orabout a piece of equipment that there was still many, many more skills in whichI could have improved and gained during the given time. Unfortunately time wasnot really my friend, But I hope later on down the line I am able to gain moreknowledge and understanding on certain things to give me more confidence in thefuture.I improved my skills overall with titrations, Although Ihave much to improve on and do overall it was done well and successful.

Nowbefore I did titrations I had limited knowledge i.e. I only knew some of theequipment we were going to use and a few other things other than that the wholetopic was new to my mind and one I found was great to learn  and do. I did make a lot of mistakes duringthis but eventually I got to grips with it and was starting the learn for themistake I had made previously made. Over the time I was able to use a burettemore accurate when measuring liquids and was able to get the correct amountinstead of too much and or too little. I can also use a pH meter better asbefore I started I had not one clue on how to use this instrument so I was ableto read what I was being shown and also how to calibrate it so that when itcame to the experiment I would get accurate results and not wrong ones. I madesure to share my results with others and even combien results, by doing this Iwas ensuring that what I was doing was near correct and similar and that myresults were not far off what others had.

Linked the all the experiment I improve my skills withcalibration i.e. Calibration of balance, pH meter I found all hard to start butafter following some instructions and doing a little research I slowly got thehand of using the instruments.

Even using the colorimetry instrument I did findit hard as I had no previous experience with this instrument but with readingand a we bit of help I was able to get to grips with it. I look back now andwould say to improve just focus more on the task at hand and make sure to readstuff more carefully and maybe even try to use more or similar equipment togain more experience. I improved with cooling curves and graphs, I did this bygaining a better understanding and knowledge of what they are and also how todraw them and explain them, I.E. gradients and what one point means at acertain point on the graph. Because at the start I had no clue on what acooling curve was or how to do them. Now I have a better understanding and amable to make cooling curves and know how to read off them and also plot themwhen needed to.

I would say independently I was able to trust to an extentthat what I was doing was correct and my results. I did find myself comparingand sharing with others to stay on the safe side and also found I had torestart quite a lot of times due to error until I got it which was timeconsuming and used time which I did not really have to use. I can say that Ithink a vast majority of my results would be correct and right and only a fewto be a little off. I came to realise that working independent is good but Iwould say that I would work better in a team as I am able to compare and havehelp from others. So a future improvement of being better at independent workand making sure I fully understand something before I start so that if mistakesdo get made then I can understand why and what to do better next time. I hadoverall improve with confidence and to a stage where I could get all equipmentneeded for Titrations or chromatography or cooling curves and know how to setit up and execute. I also learned from discussing with my teacher who went touniversity for chemistry how to use certain pieces of equipment and also how toimprove in what i’m doing, I found this important as this expand and help myknowing and my knowledge. I must say as well I did not realise how important itwas as well to make sure that the area that I was working in was clean.

Nowunderstanding that having glassware left right and center scattered on the deskand everything untidy really does not work in my favour and leads to incidentsand possible wrong results and other things. When I first started I did as possibly stated above have any pastexperience with anything in which we were going to do with ended with tmehaving to lean new things which needed concentration and listening which I didbut not as good as I should have. I think that a lot more focus and listeningwould have been  more beneficial andcould have ended with fewer mistakes and error.

 Lastly I think that over all skills have improved and I think personallymy skills with graphs and numbers and plotting results has improved as I am nowable to plot results and record results in a more understandable and correctmanner and not in a way where when I come to type it all up that I put thecorrect results and don’t get muddled and typing the wrong ones.Completing this unit, I feel a lot more confident from whenI first started and have gain new skills and also improved on existing skillsand have gained a lot more scientific and in lab skills. This is good becausecould help me later down the line when doing either other experiments or if Ilater decide to venture down the university pathway and decided to take on oneof these subjects or topics then I would have the confidence to do that as Iwould of had experience before.