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I wonder if I can get the height of an object (tree or a building) with the knowledge of:

  • The distance between me and the object?

  • The apparent height of that object?

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What do you mean with apparent height? – Bernhard Aug 5 '12 at 9:46
I found this topic: the apparent height is the height as seen by eye – Mohamed Wagdy Khorshid Aug 5 '12 at 11:00
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You can hold a ruler or meter stick (real or imaginary) at the end of your arm.

Suppose you are 50 meters away from the object, and suppose your arm is 1 meter long.

Then take the height of the object as it appears on the ruler, and multiply by 50.

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I found the answer 2 minutes after posting the question but wanted to make sure I got it right :) – Mohamed Wagdy Khorshid Aug 5 '12 at 11:01

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