speed of light and velocity


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Savannah Mance 4G
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speed of light and velocity

Postby Savannah Mance 4G » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:05 pm

I've seen the speed of light equation also be written with velocity in place of c. Are velocity and speed always used interchangeably or is it only for speed of light because light only travels in one direction?

Midori Hupfeld 3D
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Re: speed of light and velocity

Postby Midori Hupfeld 3D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:12 pm

Velocity is speed with direction, so they cannot be used interchangeably if you need to convey direction or not. The speed of light is a constant and I don't think that you can really determine the direction of light.

William Chan 1D
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Re: speed of light and velocity

Postby William Chan 1D » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:13 pm

Velocity and speed are often used interchangeably. None of the calculations we make in this class will necessarily require us to know the direction of light, so we just focus on the speed instead.

Eugene Chung 3F
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Re: speed of light and velocity

Postby Eugene Chung 3F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:15 pm

in terms of calculations in this class, I believe it doesn't matter. But, it would help a lot in the future to know that they are two different concepts for Physics.

gferg21
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Re: speed of light and velocity

Postby gferg21 » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:18 pm

because velocity has a speed of 3 x10^8 m/s, it is often used interchangeably with velocity because some equations need the speed of light. However, the direction of light is not specified with light.

Aarushi Solanki 4F
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Re: speed of light and velocity

Postby Aarushi Solanki 4F » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:21 pm

"c" (speed of light) can never be replaced by "v" (velocity) because "c" is a constant which is known and "v" is a variable which is unknown.

Caitlin Ciardelli 3E
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Re: speed of light and velocity

Postby Caitlin Ciardelli 3E » Sun Oct 20, 2019 11:26 pm

It is important to remember that speed of light is a constant and velocity is not a constant!
c=3.00x10^8 m/s

Equally important to remember, that speed of light equals wavelength times frequency
c= (lamda)v= 3.00x10^8 m/s


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