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Distance light travels in a given time

  1. Sep 1, 2006 #1
    Please Help!

    Explain the advantages in having the meter offically defined in terms of the distance light travels in a given time rather than as the length of a specific metal bar

    Is it becasue in terms of light is more accurate?
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 1, 2006 #2
    Well, I can think of many reasons:
    First, the speed of light in a vaccum is everywhere the same. The dimensions of a metal bar can change through thermal extension for example and it it impossible to machine something that is exactly 1.000000000000" or even more acurate.
    Second, you can use light to actually meassure a lot of different things like in a interferometer
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2006
  4. Sep 2, 2006 #3
    Thank you!
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2006
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