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Ch 2: FTCE Biology: Basic Lab Equipment, Processes & Measurements

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With the help of this chapter, you can review biology concepts related to microscopy types, dissection techniques, and the metric system. This chapter provides an overview of basic lab equipment, processes and measurements to help you prepare for the FTCE Biology Grades 6-12 exam.

FTCE Biology: Basic Lab Equipment, Processes & Measurements - Chapter Summary

Our experienced instructors can help you review basic lab equipment, processes and measurements to help you prepare for the FTCE Biology Grades 6-12 exam. Understand the uses and parts of light microscopes and different methods of separating mixtures such as chromatography, distillation and filtration. By the end of this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Analyze the types and uses of common laboratory equipment
  • Understand how to handle laboratory solutions, chemicals and biological materials
  • Describe microscopy types and applications
  • List the parts and uses of a light microscope
  • Understand how to preserve, stain and mount microscope specimens
  • Analyze dissection techniques
  • Define the methods of separating mixtures such as chromatography, distillation and filtration
  • Understand the metric system

This chapter gives you the ability to learn at your own comfort and speed. Use the Dashboard for an overview of your progress or ask for help from our experienced instructors. Make sure to take the self-assessment quiz at the end of each lesson to help you grasp each concept.

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: FTCE Biology: Basic Lab Equipment, Processes & Measurements
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Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

1. Common Laboratory Equipment: Types & Uses

Biologists use all kinds of equipment in their labs to run their experiments. In this lesson, you'll identify some of the most common pieces of equipment as well as when you should or shouldn't use them.

Handling Laboratory Solutions, Chemicals & Biological Materials

2. Handling Laboratory Solutions, Chemicals & Biological Materials

Working in a laboratory requires careful attention, both for safety and successful completion of tasks. Learn about the many ways biological and chemical substances need to be properly prepared, identified, stored, dispensed, and disposed of.

Microscopy Types & Applications

3. Microscopy Types & Applications

What is microscopy and how do we use it? Learn about the different types of microscopes and the ways we use them for practical purposes. You can then take a quiz and test what you've learned.

Light Microscope: Definition, Uses & Parts

4. Light Microscope: Definition, Uses & Parts

Observation is an essential part of science, especially biology. Objects like bacteria, however, are too small to observe with the naked eye. For this reason, the light microscope has become an important and widely used tool for scientists.

How to Preserve, Stain & Mount Microscope Specimens

5. How to Preserve, Stain & Mount Microscope Specimens

Microscopes are incredible tools for observing the tiniest of organisms. Here we will identify the types of slides that can be made and describe how to best preserve, stain, and mount specimens. At the end, you can test yourself with a brief quiz.

Dissection Techniques & Alternatives

6. Dissection Techniques & Alternatives

In this lesson, we'll talk about the importance of dissection, and hopefully about how to enjoy it! We'll introduce some safety rules and tools, and alternatives to dissection as well.

Chromatography, Distillation and Filtration: Methods of Separating Mixtures

7. Chromatography, Distillation and Filtration: Methods of Separating Mixtures

What are some ways that mixtures can be separated? Watch this video to explore several examples of ways you can separate a mixture into its individual components.

The Metric System: Units and Conversion

8. The Metric System: Units and Conversion

Just like you and your friend communicate using the same language, scientists all over the world need to use the same language when reporting the measurements they make. This language is called the metric system. In this lesson we will cover the metric units for length, mass, volume, density and temperature, and also discuss how to convert among them.

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