Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
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Chapter 25 - Optical Instruments - Misconceptual Questions: 9

Answer

Choice E.

Work Step by Step

The limit on the magnification is due to the nature of light, and not due to any details about the lenses. A magnification of 3000x would allow us to resolve objects considerably smaller than the wavelength of light, but that’s not possible. Equation 25-9 shows that the resolving power of a microscope is approximately equal to the wavelength of the radiation being used.
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