Chapter 27. Lab VI-3 Perforation and Tear Analysis

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

  • Slides, flat

Materials you Provide

  • Gloves

  • Camera with microscope adapter (optional)

  • Microscope

  • Specimens, tape dispensers (see text)


None of the activities in this lab session present any real hazard. It is still good practice to wear goggles and gloves to prevent contaminating specimens.


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