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Simple problem i need help with

  1. Sep 2, 2008 #1
    im new to the physics world and know this is probably an easy problem but i dont know where to start

    Hold a pencil in front of your eye at a position where its end just blocks out the moon. Make approprite measurements to estimate the diameter of the moon, given that the earth-moon distance is 3.8x10^5km.

    i figured that you prob had to measure the end of a pencil which i measured about 1.5 cm which is 1.5x10^-5km but i dont really know what to do from there.
     
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  3. Sep 2, 2008 #2

    LowlyPion

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    How far away was the pencil from your eye?
     
  4. Sep 2, 2008 #3
    about 15cm
     
  5. Sep 2, 2008 #4
    so use simular triangle theory?
     
  6. Sep 3, 2008 #5

    LowlyPion

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    Yes, that would do it nicely.

    Sorry for late reply I guess I missed it last night when I scanned the board.

    Good luck.
     
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