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Detecting objects by radar

  1. Mar 18, 2014 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A radar has power 1kW and is operating at a frequency of 10GHz. It is located on a mountain top of height 500m. The maximum distance upto which it can detect object located on the surface of the earth(Radius of earth = 6.4*10^6 m) is

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm not sure what to do here because I'm facing this kind of problem for the first time. Can anyone suggest me some equations to start with?
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  3. Mar 18, 2014 #2
    D = sqrt(2*height*radius) I think
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    This gives me the correct answer but how did you think of this? Can you give some references regarding this equation?
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