Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 26 - Think and Solve - Page 501: 37


4.4 years.

Work Step by Step

If c denotes the speed of light or a radio wave, then $d = 4.2 \times 10^{16} m = ct$. Solve for t = d/c. $$\frac{4.2 \times 10^{16} m }{300,000,000 m/s} = 1.4 \times 10^{8} s$$ There are (3600 s/hour)(24 hr/day)(365 day/year) = 31,536,000 seconds in a 365-day year. $$\frac{1.4 \times 10^{8}s}{31536000 s/year} = 4.4 years.$$
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