MasteringBiology without Pearson eText for -- Virtual Lab Microscopy Room -- Standalone Access Card

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-07-06
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings

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MasteringBiology reg; : Virtual Labs is an online environment that promotes critical thinking skills using virtual experiments and explorations that may be difficult to perform in a wet lab environment due to time, cost, or safety concerns. MasteringBiology: Virtual Labs offers unique learning experiences in the areas of Microscopy, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, and Systematics. This is the access code card for the Microscopy Lab.

Table of Contents

Microscopy Lab Room


Microscopy Lab Room

How to Video: Microscopy Lab Overview

How to Video: Microscope Overview

How to Video: Select an Image for Viewing

Introduction to Microscopy

Learning Goal: To compare the different types of microscopes and understand their limitations.

Introduction: Telescopes, magnifying glasses, and other types of lenses have been in use for centuries, especially in the sciences. Early microscopes used visible light to look at objects. These early scopes and light microscopes of today have an effective magnification range up to about 1,000 times, or 1000x. For magnifications higher than 1000x, an electron beam is utilized to illuminate the specimen. Thus, the two basic types of microscope are referred to as light microscopes and electron microscopes.


Identifying Bacteria through Staining

Learning Goal: To learn how microbiologists identify different types of bacteria through staining.

Introduction : Under a powerful light microscope, it’s possible to see something as small as a single bacterium. However, different types of bacteria can look very similar even at high magnification. In such cases, scientists use a variety of stains to tell types of bacteria apart. This technique is called differential staining. In this activity, you will observe how different types of bacteria appear when stained using this technique.


Unicellular Eukaryotic Life

TEMPLATE: Virtual Microscopy Lab Assignment




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