Instructors who teach this course:

Upcoming Dates

May 06, 2019 to May 10, 2019

Credits: 3 | Pricing: $1995 | Instructor: Thomas G. Van Howe, Jr.
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - 5PM
8AM - Noon

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Course Details

Course Outline
  • Mechanical and optical alignment of a polarizing microscope
  • Illumination
  • Particle handling, manipulation, and mounting
  • Micrometry
  • Morphology
  • Color absorption
  • Crystallography
  • Plane-polarized light and refractive index measurement
  • Pleochroism
  • Spot, solubility, and microchemical tests
  • Using crossed polarizers
  • Isotropic and anisotropic particles
  • Birefringence and Michel-Lévy interference color chart
  • Extinction
  • Compensation
  • Sign of elongation
  • Conoscopy and interference figures
  • Thermo-microscopy and fusion methods
  • UV fluorescence microscopy
What You Will Learn

Characterization and Identification of white powder unknowns.

Who Should Enroll
  • First responders responsible for identifying suspicious white powders
  • Public health scientists
  • Forensic scientists
  • Pharmaceutical scientists
  • Hazardous materials handlers
Student Learning Resources
  • Detailed course manual
  • Essentials of Polarized Light Microscopy by John Gustav Delly
  • Olympus BX51 microscope for each student
  • All instrumentation, materials, and supplies necessary for successful completion of this course will be provided onsite by the Hooke College of Applied Sciences. 
What Students are Saying

"I found this course to be excellent. The instructor was great and very knowledgeable, his teaching techniques help me learn alot. The facilities are top notch and everyone on staff was very helpful. I will be back for more courses." National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team

"Excellent instructor, top notch equipment and training aids." Weapons of Mass Destruction-Civil Support Team - Augusta, MI

"Instructor was impressive in explaining complicated topics in understandable terms." Troy Fire Department

"I learned so much it will take months of practice to put it all together. This class took the fear out of moving forward, to prepare for when the need arises to use the knowledge in real life situations." Cleveland Fire Department

"Great instruction and great information. For having limited experience with the subject, I absorbed more that what I thought I would." Royal Oak Fire Department

Suggested Prerequisites
  • College science degree
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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