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Homework Help: How big is the world

  1. Aug 12, 2006 #1
    question:how many miles around the world via the Poles ?

    is it circumference of he earth..?
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  3. Aug 12, 2006 #2


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    This is not a tutorial so I am moving it- not entirely sure where it belongs but I think I will put it in "Homework- other sciences".

    Yes, as far as you can approximate the world by a sphere, any great circle, including through the two poles will have length equal to the circumference of the earth.
  4. Aug 12, 2006 #3
    Although the Earth is close to a perfect sphere, the equatorial raidus (6.38 x 10^6 m) is slightly bigger than the polar radius (6.36 x 10^6 m)
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