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Resolving Power - Seeing is Understanding

Light Microscope from
Education Level
High School

This lesson introduces students to light microscopes and their limitations in viewing small features and objects.  In addition, they will learn about more powerful imaging tools by understanding the principles of operation of electron and atomic force microscopes. As a culminating activity, they will solve a mystery using evidence and microscopes. The lesson requires access to light microscopes.  The lesson can be done with provided images or by remotely accessing instruments for high resolution analysis.  Links to virtual electron and atomic force microscopes are provided as well as information on how to remotely access equipment for real time use.

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