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Coronavirus particles (green), lie on the surface of a camel epithelial cell.
Courtesy of NIAID, NIH, and Colorado State University. CC-BY-2.0.

Designed for use with activities found in The Science of Microbes Teacher’s Guide, this teaching slide set will engage your students as they work through the inquiry-based activities. Students will learn about major groups of microorganisms and the tools needed to study them.


Author(s): Christine Herrmann, PhD
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Infectious Disease Agents

How Are Viruses Studied?

Bright Field Microscopy

Phase Contrast Microscopy

Light Microscopy: Instrumentation and Principles

Compound Light Microscope


“Empty” Magnification

Measuring and Counting with a Light Microscope

Resolving and Reporting Dimensions

Using a Bright Field Light Microscope

Viruses - Size

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605