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Hyperspace is making me dizzy

  1. Jul 18, 2008 #1
    I have been working on this problem for several months.
    i wasn't even sure where to post this question, but it is in respect to a pretty simple equation of distance/time=speed [right? it would be really bad if i got THAT wrong too]

    i'm trying to make my sci-fi book as acurate as possible and want to get my times and speeds prety close.
    this is the problem: how many multiples of the speed of light would you have to be going at to travel
    4.5mly in more than 6 months
    150klys in between <3 and >20 days
    the multiple of the speed of light would be the hyperdrive "rating" even though they were still traveling at subluminal speeds locally.
    so i broke everything down into miles and seconds.

    3x10^15 miles/15x10^6 seconds= 200,000,000 m/s to travel 4.5 mly in 6 months
    10^13 miles/2x10^8 m/s= about 13 days

    so 1000 times the speed of light.

    this all seemed to fit. however i recently read in a physics book that at 1500 times the speed of light it would take 6 hours to travel ONE lightyear. and i knew i screwed up somewhere, and i don't have a clue where becuase i came home and checked all my math and am still at a loss.
     
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