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How this Book is Organized

The first part of this book is made up of narrative chapters that cover how to use the book, how to equip your biology lab, and how to work safely. The bulk of the book is made up of more than 30 lab sessions incorporating about 80 separate procedures in the following 11 groups.

Mastering Microscope Skills

In this group, you’ll learn the essential skills of using a microscope, mounting specimens (including simple wet mounts, smear mounts, hanging-drop mounts, and sectional mounts), and using simple and Gram staining to reveal the microscopic details of lifeforms.

Building and Observing Microcosms

In this group, you’ll build microcosms—miniature worlds contained in soda bottles and populated with diverse microscopic life—and observe those tiny worlds over a period of weeks to months. You’ll observe succession—the cycle of life as the microcosms grow and mature—and test the effect of pollution on those microcosms.


  

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