Math and Science with Mr Taylor
After viewing the virtual lab 2 times, once to get all you can from it, and once to get details you think are important, answer the following questions and comment as necessary to express your opinions:

1)  What were some of the tools used in the lab?  Explain at least three (or more), what they were, and how they were used.

2)  How are the DNA fragments sorted?  Can you explain how this sorting process works?

3)  Did you learn anything new about DNA or the gel electrophoresis process?

4)  Did you enjoy the lab? why or why not?



Wed, 11 May 2011 07:50:59

1.) Some of the tools used in the lab were a Flask, Microwave, and Gel Comb. The Flask was used to hold all of the stuff that was going to be used. The Microwave heated the stuff up so it could eventually turn into a gel. The Gel Comb was used to run the gel.

2.) They are sorted shortest to longest. I don't know how to explain it.

3.) I learned about how you can look at DNA a different way.

4.) Yes, because they didn't do all the work for you.



Wed, 11 May 2011 07:51:41

The virtual lab used a microwave to mix the buffer and the other liquid, the comb to create the wells,and a power supply to create the charges so that the DNA strands move.

The strands are sorted from longest to shortest, that's because the shorter they are the farther away the move from the wells.

I learned that DNA strands move with electric current.

I think I would have liked the experiement better if it were hands on instead of virtual.



Wed, 11 May 2011 07:54:27

1.) They used a microwave to warm up the DNA Strands, To Help Mix The Substances. They Used A Gel Mold To Mold The DNA. They Used A Gel Combs To Create Wells In The DNA.

2.)They Are Sorted From Large To Medium To Small.

3.) Through This Virtual Lab, I Learned The Process Through Making Gel Electrophoresis.

4.)Yes Because I Was Able To learn New Things, And Explore One of The Many Adventures Of Science.



Wed, 11 May 2011 07:56:30

Some of the tools we used were a Gel comb, Gel mold, and a microwave.

The strands are sorted from longest to shortest.

I learned that how DNA strands can move with an electric current.

I really did't enjoy the lab that much since it was virtual not hands on.


tianna !

Wed, 11 May 2011 07:57:49

1) GEL MOLD was used to hold the melted agarose. FLASK was used to measure the liquid and the Agarose. MICROWAVE was used to melt the Agarose.

2) They sorted the DNA in length.

3) Yes I learned that DNA can be sorted and can be visible in mutiple ways.

4) No because I really didnt understand it.



Wed, 11 May 2011 07:59:23

Some tooks they used were the gel mold, gel comb, and a microwave. They used the gel mold to mold it. they used the gel comb to create the wells, and they used the microwave to mix the DNA.

DNA fragments were from longest to shortest. The shorter they are the better it is and the father.

Yes, i did learn something new. I learned that there is a easy way to seperate DNA strands.

Yes i did enjoy the lab, because there was many amazing things that i learned.



Wed, 11 May 2011 08:00:08

1)Some of the tools are agarose,flask,gel modl,gel comb,buffer,and microwave.They are used to make gel.
2)The DNA is sorted bya gel modle thing.No I can't explain how but go to virtual lab and activies and click on electrophoresis.
4)Yes I did cause I now know that there are some other things you can do with DNA.



Wed, 11 May 2011 08:10:15

microwave is used to melt the Agarose , flask to measure the Agarose,gel mold to hold the melted Agarrose.they sorted them from smallest to longest.yes. yes i did enjoy this because they really gave me enough infromation to go and make this at home.


Mr. Taylor

Wed, 11 May 2011 14:01:10

Ok, it seemes we all noticed the agarose gel, mold and comb...what about the tool that was used to transport the DNA from the little tubes into the wells?

Can anyone find out what that tool was called? How was this tool used over again without contaminating another DNA sample with the last one?

Maybe look at the lab one more time to help you answer htese questions.

We can discuss how DNA is sorted by size as it moved through the gell next time we are together.

Good Job!


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