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C = 299 792 458 m/s and uncertainty 
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Feb407, 01:19 PM

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c is 299 792 458 m/s without uncertainty? doesn't work the Heisenberg uncertainty principle for fotons?



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Feb407, 02:08 PM

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The distances typically involved in measuring c are sufficently big that quantum fluctuations are ignored.
Also, the length of 1m is defined by the distance light travels in a certain amount of time. Because of this definition, we're effectively defining light's speed, not measuring it, so it is exact. 


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Feb507, 12:14 PM

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C = 299 792 458 m/s and uncertainty
No, the meter is defined as the distance light travels in a specified time.
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