Value of Speed of Light** (Shoutout to Dr. Lavelle for calling me out in lecture today)  [ENDORSED]


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Jennifer Ma 1G
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Value of Speed of Light** (Shoutout to Dr. Lavelle for calling me out in lecture today)

Postby Jennifer Ma 1G » Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:47 am

In lecture on Monday, Dr. Lavelle briefly introduced the equation that frequency x wavelength = speed of light. What is the value of speed of light? I googled it, and it spit back 299,792,458 m/s. Do we use this insanely large value, or do we use scientific notation of this value? Is the latter, what is the scientific notation we use for the speed of light?
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nicolesalcedo
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Re: Value of Speed of Life

Postby nicolesalcedo » Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:51 am

I think it's preferred to use the scientific notation for the speed of light when making calculations. It's 3.00*10^8m/s

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Re: Value of Speed of Life

Postby Jacob Samuels 1E » Wed Apr 11, 2018 2:09 pm

You could use 2.99 but it's just easier to use 3.00 because it's simpler

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Re: Value of Speed of Light** (Shoutout to Dr. Lavelle for calling me out in lecture today)

Postby Sam Metzger 1C » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:17 pm

Exactly. It's also important to note that this value is the speed of light in a vacuum. We'll probably be able to use this value for all our calculations but it would be a different number in another medium.

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Re: Value of Speed of Light** (Shoutout to Dr. Lavelle for calling me out in lecture today)  [ENDORSED]

Postby Or Fisher 1I » Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:44 pm

Ya, the value used in the solution manual was 2.998*10^8, but in class we were using the rounded 3.00*10^8.


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