When we walk out the door each day we see many examples of life on earth – trees, birds, other humans. Unless we look closer we will miss the huge diversity of life that is too small to be seen with our eyes alone. The majority of life on earth is microscopic and, until tools were available to see these organisms, they were completely overlooked. One of the first tools that opened our eyes to microbial life was the microscope.

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Virtual Microscope

Learn terminology, usage, and care by interacting with a fully functional, virtual microscope. When you're ready, challenge your knowledge in the testing section to see what you've learned.

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Instructor Resources
Microscope Basics
Take a self-guided exploration of a common laboratory microscope including its care, components,… more
Microscope for Beginners - Q&A
In this video, Jeff talks through some common issues and questions that beginners experience when… more
Oil Immersion Microscopy Animation
Explore oil immersion microscopy in this short animated video that explains the use of immersion… more
Use and Care of a Microscope
Learn how to use a microscope, see it in action, and then head to the lab to practice working … more