Introduction to the Microscope and Laboratory Reporting Preparation
Step 1: Learn about variation in the size of samples viewed with a microscope. Gain an understanding of the measurement scale utilized.
Go to http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cells/scale/. Move the slider from left to right to see the various sizes of the samples. Write down the size of each of the samples below.
- Human Egg __________
- Sperm __________
- Skin Cell __________
- Blood Cell __________
- Chromosome __________
- Mitochondria __________
- Antibody __________
- tRNA __________
- Glucose __________
- HIV __________
- coli __________
- Lysosome __________
Step 2: Complete a virtual lab activity to learn about the different parts of the microscope and how to operate it. If the links do not open directly, copy and paste into your web browser. Suggested browser for this activity is Firefox or Safari. This virtual lab requires Flash Player.
Go to: to prepare virtual slides for analysis.
Go to: to view the slide using a microscope.
Step 3: Outline what you would include if writing a formal lab report describing the experiment completed in Step 2.
Include the following sections in your outline:
Fill in the outline below: You may add or subtract from the specific number of items in each section of the outline.
- Introduction – What was the purpose of the experiment?
- Hypothesis – Indicate what you anticipate will be the result of the experiment.
III. Methods – Describe the materials and methods that were used to complete the experiment.
- Results – Indicate the observations made and results of the experiment.
- Discussion – Was your hypothesis correct? Why or why not? How do the results of the experiment relate to concepts being discussed in class?
Vi. Conclusion – Summarize what was learned. Are there questions you still have?
Step 4: DO NOT WRITE AN ACTUAL LAB REPORT FOR THIS ACTIVITY. Save this file with your answers and outline completed. Submit via IvyLearn Module.
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