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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

Explain how the distance to a lightning bolt (Fig. CQ14.4) can be determined by counting the seconds between the flash and the sound of thunder.

To determine
The distance to a lightning bolt by counting the seconds between the flash and the sound of thunder.

Explanation

The distance to a lightning bolt can be found using the relation between speed, distance and time interval between the flash observed and the thunder sound heard.

Formula to calculate the distance to a lightning bolt is,

d=vst

  • d is the distance to a lightning bolt
  • vs is the speed of sound in air.
  • t is the time interval between the flash observed and the thunder heard

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