Q 2.7: A student measures the thickness of a human hair by looking at it through a microscope of magnification 100. He makes 20 observations and finds that the average width of the hair in the field of view of the microscope is 3.5 mm. What is the estimate on the thickness of hair?

Answers (1)

Given,

Magnification of Microscope = 100

The average width of hair under the microscope = 3.5 mm 

(20 observations were made to calculate the average i.e. 3.5 mm as an experimental procedure. No need in our calculations.)

(Note: When magnified, the width is 3.5 mm. Hence actual width will be less by a factor of magnification value)

The average thickness of hair = \frac{3.5 mm}{100} = 0.035 \ mm.   

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