What is the purpose of this exercise?
The purpose of this exercise is to learn the skeletal systems and the components associated with the system. I will be exploring the major types of bones and cartilage.
Are there any safety concerns associated with this exercise? If so, list what they are and what precautions should be taken.
Handle the microscope and the slides with care; when taking the chicken bone out of the oven use caution because the bone is extremely hot.
Exercise 1: The Chemical Components of Bone Questions A. Describe the effect that the lemon juice (acid) had on the chicken leg bone.
The Lemon juice caused the bone to change colors and soften
B. Describe the effect that baking (heat) had on the chicken leg bone.
The bone is really dry and brittle; I also noticed the color of the bone changed
C. Rickets is a disease where the bones are not formed completely in children due to a lack of
Vitamin D. Does the heated or acid-soaked bone represent a child with rickets? Explain why.
The acid-soak bone represents a child with rickets, when the bones aren’t getting enough Vitamin D the bones softens and tend to bend. When the bones harden back up they stay in the shape it was bent when it was softened.
Exercise 2: Microscopic Structure of Bone obseRvations Observe the structure of the Haversian system. Sketch what is seen and identify the following: central canal, lacunae, concentric lamellae, canaliculi and an osteocyte.
See attached photo
A. Which part of the Haversian system was the hardest to see on the slide of compact bone? Why do you suppose this is?
Osteocytes are the hardest part to see on the slide because they are so small.
B. Which structures in the compact bone deliver nutrients to the osteocytes?
Canaliculi deliver nutrients to osteocytes through