Science fiction often uses nautical analogies to describe space travel. If the starship U.S.S. Enterprise is traveling at warp factor 1.71, what is its speed in knots and in miles per hour'? (Warp 1.71 = 5.00 times the speed of light; speed of light = 3.00 × 10 8 m/s; 1 knot = 2030 yd/h.)

Chemistry

10th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305957404

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Chemistry

10th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl + 2 others
Publisher: Cengage Learning
ISBN: 9781305957404
Chapter 1, Problem 53E
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Science fiction often uses nautical analogies to describe space travel. If the starship U.S.S. Enterprise is traveling at warp factor 1.71, what is its speed in knots and in miles per hour'? (Warp 1.71 = 5.00 times the speed of light; speed of light = 3.00 × 108 m/s; 1 knot = 2030 yd/h.)

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The speed of the starship has to be calculated in given units.

Explanation of Solution

To calculate: The speed of the starship

The speed of the starship is calculated below

Given data:

speed of the starship = 1.71 warp factor1.71 warp = 5 times the speed of lightspeed of light = 3×108ms1knot=2030ydh

General unit conversions

warp1.71=1.5×109ms1hour=3600seconds1meter=1.1yards1meter = 0.0006214 miles

Calculate the speed of the starship in knots per hour

1.5×109ms×3600s1h=5

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