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Microscopes

You’ve probably used microscopes in science class. But how do they enable us to see things we’d never detect with the naked eye? In this BrainPOP movie, Tim and Moby will teach you how microscopes employ a combination of convex and concave lenses to magnify objects we want to see up-close! You’ll find out about the different parts of a simple light microscope and discover just how it is that they make small things look big! Plus, you'll learn about some of the more modern telescope types, including electron microscopes and scanning probe microscopes. Hooray for microscopes!

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