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In this activity, students model how scientists interpret microscope data by using shadows of an object from different angles to build up a 3D image.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • describe how they used shadow outlines of an object viewed from different angles to build up a 3D image
  • explain how this process relates to actual data interpretation when using microscopes and other imaging techniques
  • describe how 2D representations of 3D objects can be misleading.

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Nature of science

Two tenets of scientific inquiry are the gathering of evidence (data) and the use of logical reasoning to interpret the data.

    Published 29 February 2012