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The goal of this activity is to guide students toward an understanding of nanoscale dimensions by:

  • Making a number of measurements using meter sticks, magnifiers, microscopes and spectrometers so students can make observations and generate their own data.

  • Using scientific notation to compare the measurements they have made with the dimensions of very small structures

PowerofTenActivity2015.doc (73 kB)
Student Activity

PowersDataTable2015.doc (33 kB)
Data Table

PowersofTenGuide2015.doc (59 kB)
Teacher Guide

USBMicroscopes2105.doc (32 kB)
Calibrating and Using USB Microscopes