Hiroshima University Syllabus

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Academic Year 2024Year School/Graduate School School of Integrated Arts and Sciences Department of Integrated Global Studies
Lecture Code ARS70201 Subject Classification Specialized Education
Subject Name Experimental Methods and Laboratory Work in Science for IGS I (IGS 自然科学実験法・同実験I)
Subject Name
アイジーエスシゼンカガクジッケンホウ・ドウジッケン I
Subject Name in
Experimental Methods and Laboratory Work in Science for IGS I
ヴィレヌーヴ マスミ,ナカバヤシ ミヤビ,ヤマダ トシヒロ,ホサカ テツロウ,タナカ シンペイ,イワモト ヨウコ,ワタナベ チホ
Campus Higashi-Hiroshima Semester/Term 3rd-Year,  First Semester,  2Term
Days, Periods, and Classrooms (2T) Thur5-8:IAS C511,IAS H109,IAS H302
Lesson Style Lecture/Experiment Lesson Style
(More Details)
Laboratory experiments, exercise, and fieldwork. Chemicals will be used.  
Credits 1.0 Class Hours/Week   Language of Instruction E : English
Course Level 2 : Undergraduate Low-Intermediate
Course Area(Area) 25 : Science and Technology
Course Area(Discipline) 03 : Natural Environment
Eligible Students 3rd year students in the School of Integrated Arts and Sciences.
Keywords Experimental Error, Self-Oscillation and Synchronization, Colloids, Interfaces, Biodiversity, Field Surveying, Biomass, Mediation, Polymer Science, Viscosity, Glass Transition, Liquid-Liquid Phase Separation 
Special Subject for Teacher Education   Special Subject  
Class Status
within Educational
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
This course aims to equip students with the skills to gather and analyze information from various sources on academic disciplines.
Criterion referenced
(Applicable only to targeted subjects for undergraduate students)
Integrated Global Studies
(Knowledge and Understanding)
・The knowledge and understanding of the important characteristics and basic theoretical framework of individual academic disciplines.
・The knowledge and understanding to fully recognize the
mutual relations and their importance among individual
academic disciplines.
(Abilities and Skills)
・The ability to specify necessary theories and methods for the consideration of important issues.
(Comprehensive Abilities)
・The ability to conduct research proactively by combining knowledge,  understanding, and skills for the tasks, based on flexible creativity and imagination. 
Class Objectives
/Class Outline
Students will learn basic knowledge and experimental techniques required to analyze and interpret natural environments through laboratory and field studies.
This course is designed to help students develop scientific habits of mind, including understanding statistics (mean and standard deviation), accuracy and precision, and significant figures. 
Class Schedule ・Guidance (Chief: 1) : June 6th
Come to Souka H109.
Preparation for indoor experiments and fieldworks, treatment of materials and data, and theorization of results.

・Behaviors of self-propelled systems (Tanaka:1-3): June 6, 7, 13
Lesson 1 Guidance and lecture:  Introduction to self-propelled systems, self-oscillation, bifurcations, and chaos
Lesson 2 Laboratory work: Observations of self-propelled droplets
Lesson 3 Laboratory work and data analysis

・Colloid and Interface Science (Villeneuve and Iwamoto : 4-9): June 14, 20, 21, 27, 28, July 4
Colloidal and capillary interactions exist everywhere in the natural environment and human activity, including fog, aerosol, condensation, soil aggregate structures, sandbar formation, food, and industrial processes. Students will conduct experiments to understand colloids and interfaces.
Lesson 4 Size distribution of aerosol [statistics, stability of colloids, Kelvin's equation]
Lesson 5 Synthesis and coagulation of Fe(OH)3 colloid [stability of colloids, DLVO theory]
Lesson 6 Chemical sunset [light scattering by colloidal particles, kinetics]
Lesson 7, 8 Surface tension measurement of surfactant solution [solution chemistry, phase rule, thermodynamics of a capillary system, monolayer film and micelle]
Lesson 9 Data analysis

・Principle methods in Biodiversity (Yamada, Hosaka, Nakabayashi: 10-13): July 5, 11, 12, 19 (In case of rain, it may be held on Saturday, 20th and Sunday, 21st.)
You will learn field and analytical methods for quantitative evaluations of biodiversity in forest ecosystems. Also, you will learn how to evaluate the diversity of plants, insects, and mammals, and analyze the interactions among them.

・Properties of Polymers(Watanabe: 14, 15): July 25, 26
Lesson 14 Introduction to polymer science(lecture, experiment)
Lesson 15 Properties of polymer solutions: sessile droplets, liquid-liquid phase separation

Taking records and notes of the experiments is extremely important. Please bring a laboratory notebook.  
Each instructor will provide handouts.
Prepare a laboratory notebook. 
PC or AV used in
(More Details) Handouts, PC, AV, among others. 
Learning techniques to be incorporated  
Suggestions on
Preparation and
Follow the guidance of each instructor to avoid accidents and injuries.
Before the classes, read the materials carefully to understand the contents of the experiment and organize the procedures in an experimental notebook. 
Requirements To be taken with " Experimental Methods and Laboratory Work in Science for IGS I/Experimental Methods and Laboratory Work in Science for IGS II ". 
Grading Method Students will be evaluated based on reports, class participation, presentations, and assignments for each subject. 
Practical Experience  
Summary of Practical Experience and Class Contents based on it  
Other Parts of the course will be conducted with "Practical Methods in Material Sciences D," "Laboratory Work in Material Sciences D," ”Practical Methods in Natural Environmental Sciences C” and ”Laboratory Work in Natural Environmental Sciences C”.
Please fill in the class improvement questionnaire which is carried out on all classes.
Instructors will reflect on your feedback and utilize the information for improving their teaching. 
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