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Homework Help: Mirrors question

  1. Mar 15, 2010 #1
    If you hold a 900cm squared plane mirror 45 cm from your eyes and can just see the full lenght of an 8.5 m flagpole behind you, how far are you from the pole.

    I am doing mirror/lens questions and for some reason this one stumps me. im assuming that the 8.5 m has to be changed to cm. However, i have been dealing with questions of radius of curvature and focal length and then this one seems really easy but it has stumped me? can anybody help please?
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  3. Mar 15, 2010 #2


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    Convert the area you are given for the mirror into its height. Then use a sketch to figure out the triangles to get to the answer. And yes, you need to be consistent with your units. I'd put everything in mks, myself.
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