Speed of Light constant


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Alexis Webb 2B
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Speed of Light constant

Postby Alexis Webb 2B » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:40 pm

Is it okay to use 3.00x 10^8 m/s instead of 2.99792x10^8m/s for the constant c? It typically comes out with the same answer just rounded more.

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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby MingdaH 3B » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:41 pm

Unless all of the other values in a question also have like 6 sigfigs, like 2.99792x10^8m/s, there's no reason to be that precise, since the final answer will round off the extra digits anyways.

Jack Riley 4f
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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby Jack Riley 4f » Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:43 pm

When he introduced the speed of light in class he used 3.00x10^8 m/s so I think that's what we should use.

Ryan Chang 1C
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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby Ryan Chang 1C » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:33 pm

I've been using 3.00x10^8 m/s for module and homework problems and have been just fine.

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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby Abby Soriano 1J » Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:39 pm

If you really wanted to use a constant that's a little more precise than 3.00x10^8 m/s but less tedious than 2.99792x10^8 m/s, I'd suggest using 2.998x10^8 m/s. But then again it shouldn't matter too much as long as your final sig figs are correct.

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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby KaleenaJezycki_1I » Wed Oct 09, 2019 6:26 pm

I think ideally it would be easier to use 3.00x10^8 m/s for the speed of light because 1. that is what Lavelle uses and 2. because it's slightly easier to remember as well as write down when you are working at a faster pace to complete a test or so on. It should not throw off your sig figs and I'm not entirely sure but I think there should be some sort of leniency on sig figs as in there is a range of maybe .02 above or below the answer that you can be off on.

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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby Michelle Xie 2B » Thu Oct 10, 2019 12:05 am

I usually just use 3.00 unless theres like another value with a crazy amount of sig figs. It should be fine since Prof. Lavelle also used it.

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Re: Speed of Light constant

Postby 105335337 » Thu Oct 10, 2019 9:29 am

3.00 x 10^8 is acceptable to use in almost all cases since we do not need the specificity that the actual number implies. In a case where any said number could change the result and have a large effect, then you would use the 2.9 value, but we do not have that in this class.


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