PLBIO 4500

PLBIO 4500

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2020-2021.

Students learn the relationship between reality and the image using philosophy, mathematics, and physical theory. Next they apply these tools theoretically and in practice to understand and become experts at image formation and analysis using brightfield, darkfield, phasecontract, fluorescence, polarization, interference, differential interference, and modulation contrast microscopes. They build upon our knowledge and experience to understand how analog image processors and digital image processors can influence, enhance, and analyze the images gathered by the microscope. Last they learn about many other kinds of microscopes, including confocal, near field, x-ray, acoustic, nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, centrifuge, atomic force, and scanning tunneling microscopes.

When Offered Fall (offered in even-numbered years only).

Prerequisites/Corequisites Recommended prerequisite: college-level biology course.

Outcomes
  • Describe the relationship between an object and its image.
  • Describe how light interacts with matter to yield information about the structure, composition and local environment of biological and other specimens.
  • Describe how optical systems work. This will permit us to interpret the images obtained at high resolution and magnification.
  • Gain practical experience with many types of light microscopy, and learn the procedures and the tricks necessary to become an excellent microscopist.
  • Integrate philosophical and historical thinking, mathematical skills, as well as physical, chemical and biological insight to become an accomplished, scientifically accurate and accomplished microscopist with an artistic eye.

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Enrollment Information
Syllabi: 1 available
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Choose one lecture and one laboratory.

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 16814PLBIO 4500  LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person Transition to Online
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.

  • 16815PLBIO 4500  LAB 401

  • Instruction Mode: In Person Transition to Online
    Enrollment limited to students who are able to attend in-person classes in the Ithaca area.