Let's explore some of the equipment commonly used in laboratory and field investigations in biology. Before you get started, don’t forget to print out your OnTRACK Biology Journal.
TEKS Standards and Student Expectations
B(2) The student uses scientific methods and equipment during laboratory and field investigations. The student is expected to:
B(2)(F) collect and organize qualitative and quantitative data and make measurements with accuracy and precision using tools such as calculators, spreadsheet software, data-collecting probes, computers, standard laboratory glassware, microscopes, various prepared slides, stereoscopes, metric rulers, electronic balances, gel electrophoresis apparatuses, micropipettors, hand lenses, Celsius thermometers, hot plates, lab notebooks or journals, timing devices, cameras, Petri dishes, lab incubators, dissection equipment, meter sticks, and models, diagrams, or samples of biological specimens or structures
Identify laboratory and field equipment commonly used by biologists.
Describe when and how laboratory and field equipment are used.
Associate a given measurement with the equipment used to make that measurement.
What equipment is commonly used in laboratory and field investigations in biology?
What types of measurements do biologists make during investigations and what type of equipment do they use to make these measurements?
- Vernier Caliper
- Graduated Cylinder
- Dissecting Kit
- Dissecting Microscope
- Compound Microscope
- Hand Lens
- Gel Electrophoresis