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Mission Early College High School/El Paso Community College

Biology 1406 Laboratory/Waleska Rivera, MS-Instructor

the compound microscope

Introduction: In this activity, you will explore the compound microscope and learn its parts and
function. Then, you will make 14 observations, record them and answer a series of questions.

*NOTES: PLEASE, BE CAREFUL NOT TO


TEAR OR BREAK SINGS ON BENCHES. DO
NOT PLAY WITH THE OBJECTIVES OR THE
PLATFORM. LEAVE THE MICROSCOPES IN
THEIR CURRENT ADJUSTMENT.

Pre-Lab questions:

1. 1. Refer to the following link: http://www.microscope-


microscope.org/basic/microscope-parts.htm

1. 2. Study the parts of the microscope. Identify them in one of the microscopes at your
bench.

1. 3. What differences do you see on the microscope on your bench, if any?

1. 4. Search for other types of microscopes online. Give at least two examples of other
microscopes.

FOR THE OBSERVATIONS:

1. 1. Get your clipboard. CLEAR THE BENCH. PUSH THE STOOL IN. WORK STANDING UP.

2. 2. TURN ON THE MICROSCOPES! The on switch is on the back part of the microscope or on
the base. Wait a little and the light will turn on.

1. 3. Proceed to observe each one of the slides around the classroom. DRAW what you
observe and color. This is an important step since these drawings will be your guide for a
future lab report, to be assigned after intersession, and for the quizzes. This is the
observation protocol for slides.

2. 4. ADJUSTMENT TO THE MICROSCOPE: Please, do not move the OBJECTIVES on the


microscope. Only modify the FINE FOCUS. Also, do not move the PLATFORM.

3. 5. Once you are finished, quietly sit without disturbing the students that are making
observations. Proceed to answer the post lab questions.

POST LAB QUESTIONS

1. 1. Identify the following concepts. Provide the shortest possible answer:

a. a. What did you observe on the letter e? What does this tells you about what you
are observing under a microscope?

b. b. Ciliated epithelium: What is the function of ciliated cells.

c. c. Amphiuma

d. d. What are the 3 forms of bacteria

e. e. What differences did you see between the cooked and raw meat?

f. f. Give a synonym for adipose tissue.

g. g. What are Squamous epithelium scrapings? Which previous lab does it reminds
you of?

h. h. What is paramecium? What are nuclei?

i. i. What is the common name Allium cepa?

TURN-IN YOUR DRAWINGS TO THE INSTRUCTOR AFTER ANSWERING THE POST LAB
QUESTIONS. YOUR DAILY GRADE WILL BE BASED ON THE DRAWINGS.