Instructors who teach this course:

Upcoming Dates

September 24, 2019 to September 27, 2019

Credits: 2.5 | Pricing: $1995 | Instructor: Scott F. Stoeffler
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - Noon

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You will be contacted once this course becomes available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Course Outline
  • Fiber basics
  • Microscope set-up
  • Refraction and refractive index
  • Principles of polarized light and polarized light microscopy
  • Identification of natural fibers
  • Identification of man-made fibers 
What You Will Learn

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

• Set-up and operate stereobinocular and polarized light microscopes

• Explain the principles, theory, and practice of polarized light microscopy (PLM) as applied to fiber identification

• Sample, handle and mount fiber samples for identification

• Characterize and identify natural and man-made fibers using a polarized light microscope

Who Should Enroll

This 3 ½ day course is designed for industrial scientists who wish to learn to identify contaminant fibers, with an eye towards root cause determination. Beginning forensic scientists interested in learning the basic principles of microscopic fiber identification will also benefit from this course.  This course does not cover the specialized area of asbestos analysis.

Suggested Prerequisites
Student Learning Resources

Classroom/Lab Learning Experience at Hooke College of Applied Sciences

  • Detailed course manual
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy
  • Olympus BX51 Polarized light microscope
  • Olympus SZX10 Stereobinocular microscope

All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences in the classroom/laboratory facility located in Westmont, Illinois.


Satisfactory Completion Requirements

Students are expected to successfully complete a variety of tasks in the form of hands-on exercises, laboratory exercises, identifications of unknowns, and quizzes. Students are notified at the end of the course whether or not they have successfully completed the requirements of the course based on:

  • 100% Attendance
  • Class participation
  • Completion of all course material
  • Completed and signed student evaluation form

Upon successfully meeting these requirements, a student is awarded a certificate of completion and CEU credits, if available. Those who have not successfully passed the course requirements do not receive a certificate or CEU credits.

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