9B40.85 - Electron Microscope

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Electron Microscope
Electron Microscopes
Area of Study:
Advanced Instruments
Record of Organ Music, Turntable with Sewing Needle and Mirror Attached to the Arm, and Laser Pointer.

Place the record on the turntable and place the needle on the section of the record that is marked.  Turn on the laser pointer and reflect it off the arm onto a white screen or wall.  As the needle sweeps over the loud and low note vibrations on the record, you will see the beam on the wall shake and vibrate, indicating those "electrons or atomic" regions.

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