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1.) to learn to use a compound microscope properly
2.) to review the main parts of a cell, using your textbook as a referenceAs you will find in this course, there is no such thing as a "typical" cell. During this period you will look at four "representative" eukaryotic cells: two plant cells (one with chloroplasts that are easy to focus on, and one without chloroplasts that will be more challenging), one animal cell, and one example of a single-celled organism. In each case you will try to locate as many organelles as you can. You will also examine a prepared slide of some prokaryotic bacterial cells.
This resource is part of the Biology Links for One Laptop Per Child course which contains units on Exploring Life; The Cell; Genetics; Mechanisms of Evolution; The Evolutionary History of Biological Diversity; Plant Form and Function; Animal Form and Function; Ecology; and Astrobiology.
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This is a great site on the introduction and use of a microscope. The instructions are very clear and allow for the students to work independently and check for understanding as they move through each of the sections. The graphics are authentic and many are better than if the student mounted the specimens individually. This is a great site that could be used to introduce or practice the skills necessary when using a microscope. This could be used for students who miss the lab and need an authentic make-up assignment.