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Homework Help: Pinhole Camera

  1. Feb 26, 2006 #1

    G01

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    A point source of light 2.0m away from the a pinhole camera creats a 12cm wide spot of light on the screen 1.0 deep inside the camera. How wide is the aperture of the camera.

    I thought this was a magnification problem, so I set up the equation:

    [tex] h_i = .12m, h_o = x, s_i = 1m, s_o = 2.0m[/tex]

    [tex] \frac{h_i}{h_o} = \frac{s_i}{s_o}[/tex]

    [tex] \frac{.12m}{x} = \frac{1m}{2m}[/tex]

    [tex].24m = x [/tex] The answer is .08m. I'm getting many of these optics problems wrong and I don't know why. I need some help and several of the problems I have posted have gone without answers. I hope someone answers this one. Thank you for your help.
     
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  3. Feb 26, 2006 #2

    Tide

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    The numerator on the right side should be 3 meters. You're trying to set up a proportion but you're not equating the correct ratios.
     
  4. Feb 26, 2006 #3

    G01

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    Yes, I just realized this, that should be 3/2 not 1/2. Screwed up my similar triangles.... Thank you so much..
     
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