# Finding time difference between two arriving wave fronts

Callumnc1
Homework Statement:
Relevant Equations:
S = Rθ
For part(b), The solution is, However, where did they get the formula shown in red from?

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##AB=2R\sin30^o.## Do you see why? Hint: Draw a perpendicular from the center to the base AB. It splits AB into two equal parts. What is the length of each part?

• Callumnc1
Callumnc1
##AB=2R\sin30^o.## Do you see why? Hint: Draw a perpendicular from the center to the base AB. It splits AB into two equal parts. What is the length of each part?
Thanks I see it now @kuruman ! Is the reason why they used radians instead of degrees in the arc length formula is because radians is a ratio of the length while degrees is not.

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What you call the arc length formula is actually the definition of the angle as the ratio of the arc length to the radius. As such it has no dimensions.

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Callumnc1
Thanks @kuruman ! But isn't degrees have no dimensions too?

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