# Linear measurement of cells

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Linear measurement of cells
Micrometry Linear measurement of cells

Units of measurement in cell study
Millimeter (mm) 1mm=0.001m Micrometer (μm) 1μm=0.001mm= m Nanometer (nm) 1nm=0.001μm= m

The micrometer eyepiece

How to use it 1. Calibrate Calibration slide (0.01mm)

2. Set the microscope to low power and focus on the lines engraved on the surface of the calibration slide.

3. count the number of lines
The total number of eyepiece lines (X) The total number of calibration slide lines (Y) X=38 lines Y=10 lines note that the little lines mark off half spaces and that the first line is not counted because is shows the zero mark

4. Calculate how much each line of the eyepiece measures.
In step 3, 10/38x10μm=2.63μm

How big is this cell? 2.63μmx7=18.4μm

5. under medium power

X=95 lines Y=10 lines 10/95x10μm=1.05μm

How big are the cells?

6. Do the same for the high power. (0.26μm)

7. Now you can use the microscope to observe and measure things.
Note that if you change microscopes, the calibration process must be done again for each of the objective lenses that you are using.  Why?  Because the magnification is different on different microscopes.  To save time, only calibrate the eyepiece for the objective lenses that you will be using.

More examples: A tomato cell's nucleus seen at high power. How big is the nucleus?

An onion skin at high power. How big is a typical nucleus?

A banana cell at high power.  How big are the starch grains?

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