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What is the difference between magnification and resolution?

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Magnification makes objects look bigger, while resolution increases the amount of detail that can be seen on an object. Microscopes are used to both magnify objects and resolve them.

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What is the difference between magnification and resolution?
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Microscopes enhance what can be seen by the human eye. They are widely used in science. Different types of microscopes show different amounts of detail. Electron microscopes have a greater resolving power than light microscopes. A light microscope on the highest magnification shows objects that are less than a micrometer apart. Electron microscopes can distinguish objects that are one-twentieth of a nanometer in size. Electron microscopes can be used to see viruses, molecules and individual atoms.

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