Video: Focal Length of Binoculars

A 7.5x binocular produces an angular magnification of βˆ’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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Video Transcript

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

We’re told in this statement that the angular magnification of the binoculars that act like a telescope is negative 7.50 and that mirrors are used to make the image upright; we’ll call this magnification capital 𝑀. We’re also told that, in this set of lenses, the objective lens has a 75.0-centimeter focal length, what we’ll call 𝑓 sub π‘œ. We want to solve for the focal length of the eyepiece lens, what we’ll call 𝑓 sub 𝑒.

To begin our solution, let’s recall that the magnification 𝑀 of a telescope system is equal to the focal length of the objective lens divided by the focal length of the eyepiece lens. Applying this relationship to our scenario, since the focal length of both our objective and eyepiece lenses must be positive, we can write that the magnitude of 𝑀 is equal to 𝑓 sub π‘œ divided by 𝑓 sub 𝑒.

Rearranging this equation to solve for 𝑓 sub 𝑒, we see that it’s equal to the objective lens focal length divided by the magnitude of 𝑀. When we plug in for these two values and calculate the fraction, we find that it’s equal to positive 10.0 centimeters. This is the focal length of the eyepiece lens of the system.

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