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Asked Nov 17, 2019
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Consider a radio communication signal aimed at Mars from Earth.  The distance between Earth and Mars is 54.6 x 109 m.  How long does it take the radio wave to reach Mars?

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The radio wave is an electromagnetic wave so that its speed is same as the speed of light. The equation for the time taken by the radio waves to reach Mars is given by

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d f=_ C Here, t is the time taken by the radio waves to reach Mars, d is the distance between Earth and Mars and c is the speed of light. The speed of light is 3.0x108 m/s

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 Substituting ...

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54.6x109 m t 3.0 x108 m/s 182 s

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