This prior-learning course explores the technology and functions of compound light microscopes. Useful in a number of Ecolinc on-site programs and of course in your school’s laboratory.
Students are introduced to the parts of a compound light microscope, their use and the correct procedure for focusing on a prepared specimen through a short video and four interactive activities. This online tool could also be used as a stand-alone course or as a prior-learning tool to prepare students for their Ecolinc onsite program. This knowledge is a prerequisite to a number of Ecolinc’s onsite programs, namely, ‘What’s under the microscope‘ (Years 7 & 8) and ‘Cells in Action & Functioning Organisms’ (Year 11).
A basic understanding of cell structure and function will assist students in making the most of their microscopic adventures.
- Students will identify the different parts of a compound light microscope and their uses
- Students will be able to use a microscope to focus on specimens at different magnifications
|Victorian Curriculum descriptors|
|Level 7 & 8||VCE 1 & 2|
Cells are the basic units of living things and have specialised structures and functions
|VCE Biology: Unit 1 AoS1 The ultrastructure of plant and animal cells in terms of their organelles and identification of these organelles using the light microscope and electron micrographs|
Select and use appropriate equipment and technologies to systematically collect and record accurate and reliable data, and use repeat trials to improve accuracy, precision and reliability
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