Medical Laboratory Technology

Name ________________________________________________      Date _____________      Period ________

Microscope Webquest

I. Parts, History and function of the Microscope

1. Go to

a) Label the parts of the microscope


2. Go to click on History of the microscope.

List the 4 scientists responsible for the discovery or invention of the microscope.

1. _________________________________________
a. Father that helped create the first compound microscope.

2. _________________________________________
a. Son that took over the production of the first compound microscope.

3. _________________________________________
a. Viewed cork under the microscope and coined the word cell in 1665.

4. _________________________________________
a. Created the first simple microscope. First to describe bacteria & Protozoan’s.

3. Click on the “Types of Microscopes” button and complete the table below on your activity sheet.


4. Click the back button. Click on compound microscope. Then click on “Magnification”

     a) How do you calculate the total magnification?

5. Click the back button. Click on Resolution. Define the following:                                                                          

     a) Magnification

     b) Resolution

6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click on “Using the microscope” and answer the questions.

          A. When you carry a microscope you have one hand under the _________ and the other hand on the __________.

          B. Which part of the microscope do you turn to raise the body tube?_____________________.

          C. Which part of the microscope do you turn to place the low power objective in place? ______________________

          D. What is the name of the part of the microscope where you set the slide? _____________________.

          E. What is the name of the part of the microscope that you use to hold the slide in place _____________________.

          F. When turning the revolving nosepiece to move the high power objective in place, why must you be very careful? 

          G. Which part of the microscope do you turn to bring the object into focus? ______________________. 

7. Click on Compound Light Microscope. Then click “Parts” Review the parts of the microscope by clicking on each name.     8. Click on Diagram/Self Quiz. List the parts... 

Microscope fill in the blank exercise

WORD BANK:     40X      center      coarse      coarse      coarse      condenser      fine      lens tissue      low power    objective mechanical stage       low power     ocular      other      parfocal      slide movement      slightly      specimen      specimen      specimen spring clip      switch      up      viewing field 

Clean the entire lens with special grit free ________________ only. Plug in the cord and ________________ on the light. Obtain a prepared slide and place it on the ____________ anchoring it with the _____________. Move the slide with the mechanical stage knobs until the ______________ appears to be directly on top of the __________________in the center of the stage. Always start focusing with the scanning _____________ in place. Use the ____________ adjustment knob to move the stage all the way____________. Now look through the _____________. Using the _______________ adjustment knob, lower the stage down slowly until the ___________________ comes into view. Center the ________________ in the field of view by turning the ________________knobs. To go to a higher magnification rotate the _________________ objective in place. Again use the________________ adjustment knob to focus. You need to turn the knob only slightly to focus because the microscope is _______________. This means that when objects are in focus at one magnification, they will remain in focus at ______________ magnifications. Once again ______________ the part of the image that you want to see in detail in the center of the ________________. Finally to go to high power you rotate the nosepiece to the ____________ objective. You now will focus the image by turning the _____________adjustment knob very ______________ to focus. If you centered the part of the image you wanted to see in _____________ you should now see the detail somewhere in the view.