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SOund Wave

  1. May 17, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In a star Trek episode, a space station orbiting a planet blows up. The chew of the Enterprise simultaneously hears and see the explosion; they realized that tehre is no chance for rescue. If you have been hired a consultant, what two physic errors would you have found and correct?

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    Since there is no gas in space, there should be no sound because sound can't travel if there is an absent in gas. ..... and i don't know the othre reason... can someone help me understand it?
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  3. May 17, 2007 #2


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    Think about this part carefully:

    LOL the "chew" :rofl:
  4. May 17, 2007 #3
    which means that.. they can't simultaneously see and hear because sound wave (longitudinal wave)travels much slower than transverse wave...?
  5. May 17, 2007 #4


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    Yes, light travels faster that sound. So they couldn't see and hear the event at the same instant.
  6. May 17, 2007 #5
    thanks for the help.
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    You're welcome. :smile:
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