Posts of the Category: Labwork
This category contains posts with labwork that can be done in a school.
The statistics feature of my blogging software allows me to see what readers are searching for, and one of the questions that keeps reappearing over and over again is the question on how to prevent air bubbles in wet mounts. I have already published a video on how to correctly make a wet mount (temporary [...]
Euparal is a semi-synthetic mounting medium used in microscopy. It is slightly yellowish in color, flows well and cures after a few days. After curing, it becomes very hard but not brittle, keeping elasticity. Euparal also adheres strongly to glass. It has a refractive index of 1.5174. Compared to other mounting media, Euparal has a [...]
Before specimens can be processed for making permanent slides, they may need to be fixed. This step kills the specimen and preserves the structures. It also prepares the specimen for staining. There is no one single method to fix a specimen, too much depends on the nature of the specimen itself and on the subsequent [...]
The hemocytometer (or haemocytometer or counting chamber) is a specimen slide which is used to determine the concentration of cells in a liquid sample. It is frequently used to determine the concentration of blood cells (hence the name “hemo-”) but also the concentration of sperm cells in a sample.
The mounting medium can have a significant effect both on the image quality and on the specimen itself. I tried a little experiment by observing pollen from a plant (in this case the buttercup, Ranunculus), mounted in five different ways: Air-mounted, with no cover glass Air-mounted, with a cover glass Mounted in water (temporary mount) [...]
Let’s have a look at some stereo microscope projects that you can do with children.
It is possible to use non-toxic stains (such as ink for fountain pens) to stain yogurt bacteria in-vivo.
A wet mount (or temporary mount) is one of the most common ways of observing specimens under the microscope. The sample to be viewed floats in a layer of water which is between the slide and the cover glass. The water performs an important optical function. Without it, the resolution is lower. The general procedure [...]