Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 23 - Light: Geometric Optics - Questions: 1

Answer

It is unlikely that Archimedes burned a fleet at once, but it’s possible that he set a ship on fire using the sun’s rays.

Work Step by Step

The feasibility study, referenced in the book, showed that several mirrors operating in tandem could ignite wood. Archimedes would have needed a good sunny day and a relatively stationary, clueless, and cooperative enemy fleet.
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