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## Homework Statement

http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/2750/physicsnm5.jpg [Broken]

## Homework Equations

asinO=m(wavelength)

## The Attempt at a Solution

I don't really know where to start...

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http://img73.imageshack.us/img73/2750/physicsnm5.jpg [Broken]

asinO=m(wavelength)

I don't really know where to start...

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I'm pretty sure this question doesn't make any sense.

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For part a, they are saying that diffraction effects occurring as the light passes through the pupil can cause the eye to not be able to perceive the individual dots. Would these diffraction effects be greater for larger or smaller wavelengths? Once you know that you can determine the color.

For part b there are some formulas that I think should be derived in your textbook, and those sections would probably be good to read to understand how to use the formulas. Try to find a section titled something like "limiting angle of resolution" or "resolution of apertures", and you will probably find formulas for rectangular and circular apertures. What do you get?

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for the 2nd part i have sin0=1.22(wavelength)/D and used 480nm for violet light and got .06 which isn't right :(.

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I did a=L(wavelength)/Y so .005=L(400nm)/.002 and got L=25m which is off, the final answer should be 20.5

Is my answer for part a correct though?

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