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Homework Help: Optics and Magnification

  1. Aug 11, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A pair of binoculars has a magnification of 7X. What would be their magnification if you were to look through them the wrong way, that is, through one of their objective lenses instead of the eyepieces?

    2. Relevant equations

    focal length
    f = -L/M

    The magnification of the objective lens.
    M=-s'/s ~~ -L/f

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm really confused. I think I'm supposed to find the focal length first. Should I use the standard length of a microscope? (L=160mm)

    This is what I attempted:
    f= -160mm/-7 = 22.9 mm
    M= -160 mm/22.9 mm = 6.99
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  3. Aug 11, 2009 #2


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    Re: Magnification

    Not sure I follow what you're doing. Are you aware that each eye is looking through two lenses in a pair of binoculars? You'll need to account for the focal lengths of the two lenses somehow.

    I would expect there is a discussion of either binoculars, or equivalently of telescopes, in your textbook or lecture notes.
  4. Aug 12, 2009 #3
    Re: Magnification

    What is the formula for a pair of lens combined. There is one. Find it and all will be revealed.
    (hint it involves focal length only).
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