Compound Light Microscope

How to Use a Compound Light Microscope
Laboratory Exercise


The Lab Exercise Instructions are the main resource required for students to understand and complete this exercise. They provide a thorough explanation of the lab topic, as well as detailed directions on how to complete the exercise. The Lab Report Assignment is the homework that students complete and turn in.

Additional Lab #1 Documents:​

The Lab PowerPoints are used to introduce the material in the related Lab Exercise Instructions & Report Assignment.

​​​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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Lab #1: Microscopy Lab Materials

This is the main page for the Microscopy Laboratory Topic of an 8-week introductory college microbiology class, part of the materials available from the Virtual Microbiology Classroom. This page contains links to documents, PPTs and videos that students need in order to prepare for this lab exercise.​
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 Microscopy Lab materials include:
  • Lab Exercise & Report word documents
  • Laboratory PowerPoint  
  • Videos and photos of lab procedures
  • Additional required lab readings​required lab readings

NOTE: Students must review all material in categories highlighted with red titles PRIOR TO ATTENDING LAB in order to be prepared to participate. ​​​
Virtual Microbiology

You have free access to a large collection of materials used in a college-level introductory microbiology course. The Virtual Microbiology Classroom provides a wide range of free educational resources including PowerPoint Lectures, Study Guides, Review Questions and Practice Test Questions.
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