Soils Laboratory Manual - K-State Edition
Colby J. Moorberg, Manhattan, Kansas
David A. Crouse, Raleigh, North Carolina
Copyright Year: 2017
Publisher: New Prairie Press
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Intro to soil science can be taught in numerous ways but the breadth in the lab manual should be appreciated by students and instructors. First chapters (Safety training and Chemistry /Math review) sets a foundation and relays expectations faculty... read more
Intro to soil science can be taught in numerous ways but the breadth in the lab manual should be appreciated by students and instructors. First chapters (Safety training and Chemistry /Math review) sets a foundation and relays expectations faculty have for students enrolled in the class; laying a foundation addresses a common issue faculty face and I appreciate the text allows the place and space to provide this important framework.
I did not find issues here but I wasn’t familiar with “0” and “-“ being used as links to other parts of the ebook (see page 75 first sentence “In 0 we developed…”). I appreciate the links however (I just wasn't sure where I was going to be linked to!)
Methods described are up to date. Most labs are geared towards a Kansas study site but customization to other geographic regions should be possible without much effort. Authors may want to avoid “understanding” in the SROs and substitute a more assessable verb.
Text is clear and terminology is well defined.
Definitely! This is due to a well-organized lab manual as each lab includes Objectives, Materials, Readings, Prelab Assignment and Introduction.
As a lab manual the text is obviously easily dividable. Minor point, it would have been easier to browse if the authors included a header / footer listing the lab number and name.
Well organized (see consistency) but I it might be helpful if labs list the multiple activities on the first lab sheet allowing the students a roadmap of what will be accomplished that week. It would also be helpful for all necessary materials to be listed in an appendix so instructors can view resources necessary for adopting the lab manual.
Header and footer would be appreciated. Soil textbooks tend to look antiquated and this no different. In such a descriptive science it would have been helpful to have more images (granted this is a lab manual versus a text book). It may be beneficial to number or label each equation for easy reference.
No issues here.
No issues here.
Glad to see the OER lab manual lists recommended readings that are also OER.
This textbook covered some soil lab tests which are useful for Geological and Environmental Sciences students. This text clearly explained the strategy of the course with the objectives and the materials of the soil tests with a focus on Kansas... read more
This textbook covered some soil lab tests which are useful for Geological and Environmental Sciences students. This text clearly explained the strategy of the course with the objectives and the materials of the soil tests with a focus on Kansas state. However, this course's strategy can be used for any other place with updating for some materials such as online quizzes. This textbook will be a comprehensive text if it includes other soil tests such as the direct shear test of soil, unconfined compression test, triaxial tests in clay, consolidation test, plastic limit test, shrinkage limit test...etc which are useful for Geotechnical and Civil engineering students.
No errors were noticed; however, the citation and the accessed date for some references in the references list mentioned in 2019 and 2020, while the textbook published in 2017.
It is relevant to Geotechnical Engineering, and Geological and Environmental Sciences. The Content of the textbook was up-to-date and organized in a way that can be quickly updated.
The clarity of the textbook was good and the attached references in clickable links were helpful. However, the equations were not numbered, chemical compounds were not defined, and the sections in attached long references, that the reader needs to read, were not specified. Also, the picture of the apparatus for each test was not provided, symbols of some parameters were not mentioned, and an introduction of the textbook’s objective was not provided.
The textbook was consistent; however, the font of the conversion factors and formulas in page 135 was different than the font of the whole textbook. Furthermore, the last two pages in the textbook were not numbered.
The textbook was easy to read and follow.
The topics in the textbook were presented in a logical and clear style.
Some figures were not clear with an unreadable font. The cover image of the textbook was not fully related to the title of the textbook. However, the textbook was easy to navigate in the browser and as a pdf.
No grammatical errors were detected in the textbook.
No cultural issues were noticed in the textbook.
No further comments.
Table of Contents
- 1 Safety Training and Orientation
- 2 Chemistry and Math Review
- 3 Soil Formation
- 4 Soil Classification and Mapping Continued
- 5 Soil Texture and Structure
- 6 Soil Density
- 7 Soil Pit Field Trips
- 8 Soil and Water Relationships
- 9 Soil Water Measurement and Movement
- 10 Compost Facility Field Trip
- 11 Soil Carbon and Respiration
- 12 Soil Colloids
- 13 Soil Acidity and Adjusting Soil pH
- 14 Soil Nutrient Management
- 15 Soil and Water Conservation
- Ancillary materials are available by contacting the author or publisher.
About the Book
The Soils Laboratory Manual, K-State Edition is designed for students in undergraduate, introductory soil science courses, and highlights the many aspects of soil science, including: soil genesis and classification, soil physical properties, soil-water interaction, soil biology, soil chemistry, and soil fertility. The lab manual includes 15 different laboratories, each one starting with an introduction and pre-lab assignment, followed by in-lab activities, and complimented by post-lab assignment. In-lab activities involve field trips, experiments, observation stations, or problem sets. Post-lab assignments include online quizzes, problem sets, or laboratory summary reports.
About the Contributors
Colby J. Moorberg, Kansas State University
David A. Crouse, North Carolina State University