Cell Structure


Before you leave at the end of the laboratory period you should know the parts of a microscope and how to determine total magnification. You should be able to recognize the organelles in a plant and an animal cell, and recall the functions of each. You should also know the stains that you used and what they stained.


As 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. Your textbook is an excellent reference, so you may want to refer to it during this exercise.

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