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Virtual Microscope


Virtual Microscope

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The Virtual Microscope is a full-fledged simulation that allows users to select and position slides, adjust lighting, magnification and focus, and measure specimens. A narrated demonstration is available to guide students through the steps required to bring a specimen into focus. There is also a checklist that indicates which steps have been completed successfully.
Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Flash
Date Added to MERLOT: September 29, 2003
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 11, 2014
Submitter: Becky Kinney


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Flash plugin
Language: English
Material Version: 6
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessiblity Information Available: no
Creative Commons: Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States


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Avatar for Margaret Trim
7 years ago

Margaret Trim (Faculty)

I recommend this site to all students -- not only those who have never used a microscope, but for those who want a quick refresher. Well done!

Avatar for Kim Anderson
10 years ago

Kim Anderson (Student)

I took about an hour to browse through the site. There are many things to try
out and explore. I actually remember looking at many of the same slides in high
school, but this site ensures quality images whereas hand prepared slides are
often lacking that professional touch. The site was very easy to use and
navigate through and has the potential to be a great way to re-introduce
students to microscopes without the mess of being in the lab.
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