Chapter 26

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A scientist examines minute details on the surface of a disk drive at a magnification of 100,000 times. The image was produced using an electron microscope.

Chapter 26 : Vision and Optical Instruments - all with Video Solutions

Problems & Exercises

Section 26.1: Physics of the Eye

Problem 3

(a) The print in many books averages 3.50 mm in height. How high is the image of the print on the retina when the book is held 30.0 cm from the eye? (b) Compare the size of the print to the sizes of rods and cones in the fovea and discuss the possible details observable in the letters. (The eye-brain system can perform better because of interconnections and higher order image processing.)

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Problem 4

Suppose a certain person’s visual acuity is such that he can see objects clearly that form an image 4.00 μm4.00\textrm{ }\mu\textrm{m} high on his retina. What is the maximum distance at which he can read the 75.0 cm high letters on the side of an airplane?

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Problem 5

People who do very detailed work close up, such as jewellers, often can see objects clearly at much closer distance than the normal 25 cm. (a) What is the power of the eyes of a woman who can see an object clearly at a distance of only 8.00 cm? (b) What is the size of an image of a 1.00 mm object, such as lettering inside a ring, held at this distance? (c) What would the size of the image be if the object were held at the normal 25.0 cm distance?

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Section 26.2: Vision Correction

Problem 8

(a) A laser vision correction reshaping the cornea of a myopic patient reduces the power of his eye by 9.00 D, with a ±5.00%\pm 5.00 \% uncertainty in the final correction. What is the range of diopters for spectacle lenses that this person might need after LASIK procedure? (b) Was the person nearsighted or farsighted before the procedure? How do you know?

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Problem 9

In a LASIK vision correction, the power of a patient’s eye is increased by 3.00 D. Assuming this produces normal close vision, what was the patient’s near point before the procedure?

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Problem 10

What was the previous far point of a patient who had laser vision correction that reduced the power of her eye by 7.00 D, producing normal distant vision for her?

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Problem 11

A severely myopic patient has a far point of 5.00 cm. By how many diopters should the power of his eye be reduced in laser vision correction to obtain normal distant vision for him?

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Problem 14

A young woman with normal distant vision has a 10.0% ability to accommodate (that is, increase) the power of her eyes. What is the closest object she can see clearly?

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Problem 15

The far point of a myopic administrator is 50.0 cm. (a) What is the relaxed power of his eyes? (b) If he has the normal 8.00% ability to accommodate, what is the closest object he can see clearly?

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Problem 17

A very myopic man has a far point of 20.0 cm. What power eyeglasses, positioned 1.50 cm from his eyes, will correct his distant vision?

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Problem 19

A myopic person sees that her eyeglasses perscription is -4.00 D, for eyeglasses positioned 1.75 cm from her eyes. What is her far point?

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Problem 20

The contact lens prescription for a mildly farsighted person is 0.750 D, and the person has a near point of 29.0 cm. What is the power of the tear layer between the cornea and the lens if the correction is ideal, taking the tear layer into account?

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Problem 21

A nearsighted man cannot see objects clearly beyond 20 cm from his eyes. How close must he stand to a mirror in order to see what he is doing when he shaves?

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Problem 23

A mother sees that her child’s eyeglasses prescription is 0.750 D, for eyeglasses that are positioned 2.20 cm from her eyes. What is the child’s near point?

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Problem 24

The contact lens prescription for a nearsighted person is –4.00 D and the person has a far point of 22.5 cm. What is the power of the tear layer between the cornea and the lens if the correction is ideal, taking the tear layer into account?

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Section 26.4: Microscopes

Problem 26

A microscope with an overall magnification of 800 has an objective that magnifies by 200. (a) What is the magnification of the eyepiece? (b) If there are two other objectives that can be used, having magnifications of 100 and 400, what other total magnifications are possible?

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Problem 27

(a) What magnification is produced by a 0.150 cm focal length microscope objective that is 0.155 cm from the object being viewed? (b) What is the overall magnification if an 8x eyepiece (one that produces a magnification of 8.00) is used?

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Problem 28

(a) Where does an object need to be placed relative to a microscope for its 0.500 cm focal length objective to produce a magnification of –400 ? (b) Where should the 5.00 cm focal length eyepiece be placed to produce a further fourfold (4.00) magnification?

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Problem 29

You switch from a 1.40NA 60x oil immersion objective to a 0.35NA 20x air immersion objective. What are the acceptance angles for each? Compare and comment on the values. Which would you use first to locate the target area on your specimen?

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Problem 30

An amoeba is 0.305 cm away from the 0.300 cm focal length objective lens of a microscope. (a) Where is the image formed by the objective lens? (b) What is this image’s magnification? (c) An eyepiece with a 2.00 cm focal length is placed 20.0 cm from the objective. Where is the final image? (d) What magnification is produced by the eyepiece? (e) What is the overall magnification? (See Figure 26.16.)

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Problem 31

You are using a standard microscope with a 0.10NA 4x objective and switch to a 0.65NA 40x objective. What are the acceptance angles for each? Compare and comment on the values. Which would you use first to locate the target area on of your specimen?

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Problem 32

Your friends show you an image through a microscope. They tell you that the microscope has an objective with a 0.500 cm focal length and an eyepiece with a 5.00 cm focal length. The resulting overall magnification is 250,000. Are these viable values for a microscope?

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Section 26.5: Telescopes

Problem 34

Find the distance between the objective and eyepiece lenses in the telescope in the above problem needed to produce a final image very far from the observer, where vision is most relaxed. Note that a telescope is normally used to view very distant objects.

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Problem 35

A large reflecting telescope has an objective mirror with a 10.0 m radius of curvature. What angular magnification does it produce when a 3.00 m focal length eyepiece is used?

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Problem 36

A small telescope has a concave mirror with a 2.00 m radius of curvature for its objective. Its eyepiece is a 4.00 cm focal length lens. (a) What is the telescope’s angular magnification? (b) What angle is subtended by a 25,000 km diameter sunspot? (c) What is the angle of its telescopic image?

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Problem 37

A 7.5x binocular produces an angular magnification of -7.50, acting like a telescope. (Mirrors are used to make the image upright.) If the binoculars have objective lenses with a 75.0 cm focal length, what is the focal length of the eyepiece lenses?

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Section 26.6: Aberrations

Problem 39

(a) During laser vision correction, a brief burst of 193 nm ultraviolet light is projected onto the cornea of the patient. It makes a spot 1.00 mm in diameter and deposits 0.500 mJ of energy. Calculate the depth of the layer ablated, assuming the corneal tissue has the same properties as water and is initially at 34.0C34.0^\circ\textrm{C}. The tissue’s temperature is increased to 100C100^\circ\textrm{C} and evaporated without further temperature increase. (b) Does your answer imply that the shape of the cornea can be finely controlled?

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