Chapter 9. Lab II-2 Study the Morphology of Human Scalp Hair

Equipment and Materials

You’ll need the following items to complete this lab session. (The standard kit for this book, available from, includes the items listed in the first group.)

Materials from Kit

  • Goggles

  • Coverslips

  • Forceps

  • Glycerol

  • Magnifier

  • Pipettes

  • Ruler

  • Slides, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Microscope (40X, 100X, and 400X)

  • Ocular micrometer/reticle (optional)

  • Specimens: human scalp hair (see text)


Although none of the activities in this lab session present any significant risks, as a matter of good practice, you should always wear splash goggles, gloves, and protective clothing when working in the lab, if only to avoid contaminating specimens. Obviously, ...

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