speed of light


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nehashetty_2G
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speed of light

Postby nehashetty_2G » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:09 pm

Does the speed of light always stay the same? If not, under what circumstances can it change?

Kimberly Koo 2I
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Re: speed of light

Postby Kimberly Koo 2I » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:10 pm

No the speed of does not remain constant, a case where it changes is when it goes through multiple different mediums.

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Re: speed of light

Postby philipraj_1F » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:12 pm

I think that the speed of light changes depending on the material it travels through. Light moves slower through denser materials as particles can get in its way.

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Re: speed of light

Postby Frederick Keith_4C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:15 pm

Yeah just to add on, the speed of light does change when passing from medium to medium. But the fastest it can be is the value we denote as "c" (3.00 x 10^8 m/s), which is when it is travelling in a vacuum.

Drake Choi_1I
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Re: speed of light

Postby Drake Choi_1I » Sun Oct 13, 2019 2:49 pm

I remember learning in physics something about mediums and light. I know that a vacuum is where light can travel fastest. What is the next fastest medium?

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Re: speed of light

Postby Anika Chakrabarti 1A » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:00 pm

I think for most of the problems we'll be doing this quarter we can just assume that C = the speed of light in a vacuum.

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Re: speed of light

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Sun Oct 13, 2019 3:53 pm

For the intents and purposes of this class, the constant for the speed of light, c, always equals 3.00 x 10^8. However, it is important to note that the speed of light is not constant as it moves from medium to medium. When light enters a denser material, the speed and wavelength of light decrease while the frequency stays the same.

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Re: speed of light

Postby gferg21 » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:06 pm

When talking about a vacuum, it essentially means that that is how fast light travels through space, and is very similar but not exactly the same on earth when light is traveling through the air.

Maika Ngoie 1B
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Re: speed of light

Postby Maika Ngoie 1B » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:35 pm

Throughout this quarter, and for the purpose of this class, the speed of light will remain a constant equal to 3.0 x 10^8 m.sec^-1, however outside of this setting, it is not so absolute, and actually changes relative to the the mediums it travels through.

Maika Ngoie 1B
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Re: speed of light

Postby Maika Ngoie 1B » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:39 pm

Drake Choi_1I wrote:I remember learning in physics something about mediums and light. I know that a vacuum is where light can travel fastest. What is the next fastest medium?


I believe water is the next fastest at about 2.25 x 10^8 m.sec^-1, but we'll mainly be working with light in a vacuum

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Re: speed of light

Postby Amanda Mei 1B » Sun Oct 13, 2019 4:58 pm

The speed of light in a vaccuum is 3.00x10^8 m/s. It is slower in mediums like air, water, and glass. I think that for this class we'll just use this value.


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