Atomic Force Microscopy

Topographic imaging at the molecular level involves an indirect mapping of the surface of a material with a probe that follows the shape of the surface.

In this activity, each team of students will use a simulated topographic scanner with a platform mounted LASER probe to attempt to discern the structure of an unknown block of Legos ® built by another team. At the conclusion of this activity, students will be asked to apply the knowledge gained to develop an understanding of the atomic force microscope.

Each Kit Includes:

Student resources:

Atomic Force Microscopy Student Sheet

Teacher resources:

Atomic Force Microscope Teacher Sheet