August 31, 2004

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2004.08.31 Answer to the Poll...

Question: Speed of light in free space is c=3x10^8 m/s. Find the time (in secs) for the light to travel 1 m.

Answer: 3.3x10^-9 secs

7 answered that question correct.

Here's the proof...

Since speed is a measure of distance over a length of time, the basic equation can be written like this:

Speed = Distance / Time

Since we're looking for the length of time to traverse 1 meter, the equation can be re-written to solve for time:

Time = Distance / Speed

We plug in the values:

Time = 1 meter / 3.3x10^8 (meters / second)

Now, we multiple 1 second to both the numerator and the denominator which will cancel out the seconds that's in the demoninator and leaves the unit of measure as (meters * seconds) in the numerator. But because meters in both the numerator and the denominator cancel each other out, leaving out seconds in the numerator position.

Time = ( 1 / 3.3 x 10^8 ) seconds OR 3.3 x 10^-9 seconds

Posted by John Highway at August 31, 2004 07:52 PM | TrackBack

and thank you, for that piece of information that is so useful to me :)...

Posted by: topbob (from at September 1, 2004 01:17 AM
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