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Textbook Problem

The headlights of a car are 1.3 m apart. What is the maximum distance at which the eye can resolve these two headlights? Take the pupil diameter to be 0.40 cm.

To determine

What is the maximum distance at which the eye can resolve these two headlights if the headlights of a car are 1.3 m apart.?

Explanation

Given info:

  D=0.4cm=4×103mx=1.3mλ=550nm=5.5×107m

Formula used:

Angle,

  θ=1.22λD , λ is the wavelength and D is the diameter of the aperture, lens, mirror etc.

Resolving power,

  x=dθ

Calculation:

We have,

  θ=1.22λD

And

  x=dθ=1

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