Lab 5 Overview

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN TO DO: View histology slides under the microscope and identify characteristic features.

Learning Objectives

  • Set up a microscope to view slides quickly, properly, efficiently, and without damaging the microscope or slide.
  • Identify accurately the location and type of epithelial tissue within a biological specimen
  • Classify a histological specimen according to which category of connective tissue it belongs to, based on the types of cells present and the characteristics of the extracellular matrix.
  • Identify the main structural features in photomicrographs of cartilage and bone.
  • Understand the visual differences between the three types of muscular tissue.
  • Find the neurons within a smear of nervous tissue and be able to identify the parts of the neural cell.


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Let’s go.

Complete the following lab activities and exercises:
  • Reading: Review of basic handling of the microscope.
    • Exercises 5.1
  • Reading: Examining epithelial tissue under the microscope.
    • Exercises 5.2
  • Reading: Examining connective tissue under the microscope.
    • Exercises 5.3, Exercises 5.4
  • Reading: Supporting connective tissue.
    • Exercises 5.5
  • Reading: Distinguishing between the three types of muscle tissue.
    • Exercises 5.6
  • Reading: Identifying neurons within nervous tissue.
    • Exercises 5.7

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If you want a PDF file of the entire lab, it is available here: A&P_Lab_5-Microscopy_II-Tissues