# Time Speed problems

Ok well i've had a bit of trouble understanding this question

The velocity of the transverse waves produced by an earthquake is 6.17 km/s, while that of the longitudinal waves is 10.3039 km/s. A seismograph records the arival of the transverse waves 60.8 s after that of the longitudinal waves.
How far away was the earthquake? Answer in units of km

Yea i guess i just don't understand the way it's setup or something.

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Diane_
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We do ask that you show an attempt at a problem, but:

We assume that the waves started at the same point at the same time. You know the difference in speeds. Given that, if you assume they travelled for an hour, you could figure out how far ahead the faster was than the slower, right? From that, you could figure out how long it would take for the slower wave to reach the point where the faster wave is. All you really have to do is work it backwards from there.

Does that help?

Treate that both rays are like objects that start from a common point , their velocities are given which remain constant , and the difference in arrival times at a distance 's' are given . Apply Translational Kinematics and show your work.

BJ

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