# Doppler Effect Source Moving Away

1. Oct 31, 2011

### JSGandora

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Superman has a blue light of wavelength 480nm. How fast must he fly away from you so that his light appears orange, with a wavelength of 600nm?

2. Relevant equations
$f'=\frac{f}{\left(1+\frac{v_s}{v}\right)}$
and
$f=\frac{c}{\lambda}$

3. The attempt at a solution
I used the equation $f'=\frac{f}{\left(1+\frac{v_s}{v}\right)}$ and solved for $v_s$ and got my answer to be $75\times 10^8$ m/s but the answer key said $57.0\times10^6 - 67\times10^6$m/s. What did I do wrong?

Last edited: Oct 31, 2011
2. Nov 1, 2011

### JSGandora

Someone told me that the equation $\lambda =\lambda_{0}\sqrt{{1-\beta}\over{1+\beta}}$ give the correct answer (like the other thread). Why didn't the usual doppler effect equation work here? I'm confused.