Counting the seconds between a flash of lightning and the clap of thunder is often used to estimate how far away the lightning struck. If sound travels at a speed of 330 m/s what is the time delay between lightning and thunder for lightning that strikes at a distance of 1.5 miles?

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Asked Oct 21, 2019

Counting the seconds between a flash of lightning and the clap of thunder is often used to estimate how far away the lightning struck. If sound travels at a speed of 330 m/s what is the time delay between lightning and thunder for lightning that strikes at a distance of 1.5 miles? 

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Step 1

Given,

The speed of sound is 330 m/s

The lightning strikes at a distance of 1.5 miles.

Determination of the time delay between lightning and thunder:

First convert, given miles into metres as follows,

1 mile 1.60934 kilometre
1.5 mile x1.60934 Km
1 mile
1.5 miles
2.414 Km
1 Km 1000 metre
2.414 Kmx 1000 m
2.414 Km
1 Km
2414 m
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1 mile 1.60934 kilometre 1.5 mile x1.60934 Km 1 mile 1.5 miles 2.414 Km 1 Km 1000 metre 2.414 Kmx 1000 m 2.414 Km 1 Km 2414 m

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The relationship between time, spee...

Distance
Time
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