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They let us see things that we can't see with the naked eye.
They use light and lenses to form an image of a specimen and magnify it. They let us see individual cells and large subcellular structures, like nuclei.
They use electrons instead of light to form an image. They have a much higher magnification than light microscopes. They also have a higher resolution.
What is resolution?
It is the ability to distinguish between two points, so a higher resolution gives a sharper image.
What do electron microscopes let us see?
They let us see much smaller things in more detail, like the internal structure of mitochondria and chloroplasts. They even let us see tinier things like ribosomes and plasmids.
Image size/actual size
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