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Another SAT II Physics question: optics

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[SOLVED] another SAT II Physics question: optics

Homework Statement


A point source light which has an intensity level of 10 candle power at a distance of 2 m will have an intensity at 4 m of
A) .5 cp
B) 1 cp
C) 2.5 cp
D) 5 cp
E) 10 cp

Homework Equations


i don't really know...my book doesn't really address this
i don't even know what a point source light does.

The Attempt at a Solution


i tried to set up a proportion, but i got 20 as my answer, which is obviously wrong!

PLEASE HELP!
anything to start me off would be greatly appreciated!
 

Answers and Replies

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You need to know the relationship between distance and intensity.

It is basically,

[itex] $ I \propto \frac{1}{d^2}$ [/itex]

With that, you should be able to solve your problem.
 
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oh okay;;
so since the distance was doubled, the intensity would decrease by a factor of 1/4,
and 10 x (1/4) = 2.5 cp
yes??
 
  • #4
yes.
 
  • #5
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oh okay;;
so since the distance was doubled, the intensity would decrease by a factor of 1/4,
and 10 x (1/4) = 2.5 cp
yes??
Exactly.
 

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