We've done two labs so far for A&P, and although neither were dissections the 2nd lab was really intersting.
LAB #1 Okay, so we did this exact same lab in Bio & I pretty much hope I never have to do it again...I don't want to draw any more upside down, newsprint "e's", thank you very much. Basically this lab is done to teach you how to use a microscope; where the parts are, what they are called, how to focus, etc. I have to admit, I think all this practice is helping my microscope focusing abilities. The first thing we looked at was a newsprint "e", then some colored strings and cheek cells, woo hoo! Then we answered a whole bunch of questions about how the "e",the strings, and the cheek cells looked under the microscope, and we drew some pictures too. Sounds exciting! I know you're all jealous! I'll try to put up some pictures of my exciting drawings!
LAB #2 This lab was a bit more interesting than the first, probably only because I'd never done it before. This lab was all about cells, so we looked at samples of a bunch of different types of cells under the microscope. We looked at red blood cells, sperm cells (they are very cute), smooth muscle cells, epithelial cells, neurons, and whitefish blastula. The point of this lab was to note that all cells do not look the same & we were trying to identify some of the different cell parts; mainly the plasma membrane, the nucleus, and if we were lucky maybe some mitochondria or other organelles. I wasn't lucky, all I saw were plasma membranes & nuclei. We also did some more drawings and answered some more questions. I will try to post these drawings as well. Overall, the cells were all very interesting to look at, but the sperm and the red blood cells were my favorites!
After finishing my first day of anatomy, all I have to say is that this quarter is going to be intense...but fun! My teacher seems really awesome, and I've never heard someone who can make complicated concepts seem so simple, in such a short amount of time. No kidding, she explained all types of chemical bonding in about 5 minutes, and I've got a better grasp on them now,than I ever did during the whole 2 weeks my biology prof. spent talking about them. On the down side, we don't get to do very many dissection labs, but the ones we do get to do should be fun...and very slimy! We're doing a sheep brain, a spinal cord, and a chicken leg. Good times!
Sorry for the long hiatus; I've been on break from classes. The new quarter starts today & up first is Anatomy & Physiology. This is a lab class, so I'm super excited about that and can't wait to keep you posted on how my stomach handles dissection. I haven't been good in the past, so I'm hoping I can get past my fear of touching slimy, smelly dead things. I'm also hoping to incoporporate photos into my blog, so it should be a bit more interesting this time around.
As for last quarter, I ended well. I'm not sure what my grade was on the final exam, but I passed the class and am ready to move on to intermediate algebra...which I start on Saturday.
That's it for now, I should have something posted about the first day of class soon!
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