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Microscopy matters

This activity allows students to practice carrying out magnification calculations and learn the difference between magnification and resolution.

Learning Outcomes

 Students calculate total magnification and use the formula Image size = actual size x magnification

 Students describe the difference between magnification and resolution

 Students explain why resolving power limits how useful a light microscope is


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