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Homework Help: Optics - Find the location of object

  1. Aug 21, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A concave mirror of focal length 30 cm is placed on the flat horizontal surface with its concave side up. Water with refractive index 1.33 is poured into the lens. Where should an object be placed if its image is to be captured on a screen with a magnification of 2.

    Ans: 67.5 cm

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have attached a sketch of the given problem. I assume that the downward direction is positive.

    The water poured acts as a plano-convex lens. The lens with the concave mirror acts a mirror and the focal length (##f_e##) of this combination is given by:
    where ##f_m## is the focal length of mirror and ##f_L## is focal length of lens.

    Calculating focal length of lens:
    where R is the radius of the convex part of lens and I have also approximated 1.33 as 4/3.
    Also ##R=2f_m##, hence
    Since ##f_m=-30\, cm##, ##f_e=-90/4 \, cm##.
    The given combination works like a concave mirror. As the image is to be captured on a screen, the image must be real and hence the magnification (m) is -2. For a mirror,
    $$m=\frac{-v}{u} \Rightarrow -2=\frac{-v}{u} \Rightarrow v=2u$$
    where v is the image distance and u is the object distance from the combination.
    $$\frac{1}{v}+\frac{1}{u}=\frac{1}{f_e} \Rightarrow \frac{3}{2u}=\frac{-4}{90}$$
    Solving for u gives u=-135/4 cm which is wrong.

    Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

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  3. Aug 21, 2013 #2


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    You have chosen a distance positive if it is behind the mirror. The object is put in front of the mirror, and the final image is also in front of the mirror. It would have more sense to take these distances positive.

    As for the absolute value of u, I got exactly the same result as you.

  4. Aug 21, 2013 #3
    Does this mean that the given answer is wrong?
  5. Aug 21, 2013 #4


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    I am not sure, but it might be wrong.

  6. Aug 22, 2013 #5
    I am sure you are right, I have often seen wrong answers in the book I am using.

    Thanks for the check ehild! :smile:
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