Compound Light Microscope

How to Use a Compound Light Microscope to 
View Biological Cells
Laboratory Exercise

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​​​Printing: The best way for students to print out the PowerPoint Show is to download the PDF version. Select Print, and, when the Print screen comes up, go to the Print Handling options. Under Page Scaling, select "Multiple pages per sheet", Under Pages per sheet, select "2". That uses up less paper, placing two slides on each page.

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The images linked here directly relate to the lab exercise and are designed to help students review and study that lab material while outside of lab. 

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Microscopy & Biological Cells

This is the material used to supplement a general biology laboratory exercise on microscope use and viewing plant and animal cells. Find all of the materials available at Virtual Biology Classroom
VIDEO: Tutorial on Compound Light Microscope Parts & Operation
  • Resolving Power Line illustration of what can be seen with different microscopes from
  • Microscopic Pond Life, an extremely cool collection of videos of a variety of microscopic pond life to the tune of Radiohead’s “Kid A”. 

The these lab materials include:
  • Laboratory PowerPoint  
  • Videos and photos of lab procedures
  • Additional required lab readings​required lab readings

Instructor's Corner
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Human cheek cells  magnified 400xTM.
Human cheek cells  magnified 400xTM.
Virtual Biology

You have FREE access to a large collection of materials used in a college-level introductory biology course. The Virtual Biology Classroom provides a wide range of free educational resources including PowerPoint Lectures, Study Guides, Review Questions &  Practice Test Questions.
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Onion bulb skin cells 400xTM.
Onion bulb skin cells 400xTM.
Elodea aquatic plant cells (photosynthetic cells) 400xTM.
Elodea aquatic plant cells (photosynthetic cells) 400xTM.