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Perhaps this should be in the Biology forum, but I'm thinking that you physicists can give a more reliable answer here.

The magnification equation for microscopes is: M = I/A (image size divided by actual size). This seems very easy and intuitive. By this equation, if the image size was equal to the actual size, your magnification would be 1x. Cake.

However, here are just two examples of info from what might be considered by some as reliable websites:

www.sciencing.com: "A 1x magnification power is a 100 percent increase in the magnified object’s size. For example, a 1-inch object at 1x would appear to be 2 inches."

The Glamox Company: "100% magnification = 1X magnification, i.e. the object appears to be twice its actual size."

What gives??? Thanks for the clarification.

The magnification equation for microscopes is: M = I/A (image size divided by actual size). This seems very easy and intuitive. By this equation, if the image size was equal to the actual size, your magnification would be 1x. Cake.

However, here are just two examples of info from what might be considered by some as reliable websites:

www.sciencing.com: "A 1x magnification power is a 100 percent increase in the magnified object’s size. For example, a 1-inch object at 1x would appear to be 2 inches."

The Glamox Company: "100% magnification = 1X magnification, i.e. the object appears to be twice its actual size."

What gives??? Thanks for the clarification.

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