Physics for Scientists and Engineers: A Strategic Approach with Modern Physics (4th Edition)

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Chapter 16 - Traveling Waves - Exercises and Problems: 78

Answer

(a) $t = 180~s$ (b) The signal is detected at a wavelength of 488 nm

Work Step by Step

(a) We can find the time it takes the signal to reach the planet. $t = \frac{d}{v}$ $t = \frac{54\times 10^6~km}{3.0\times 10^5~km/s}$ $t = 180~s$ (b) We can find the wavelength that the signal is detected. $\lambda' = \lambda_0~\frac{\sqrt{1-v/c}}{\sqrt{1+v/c}}$ $\lambda' = (540~nm)~\frac{\sqrt{1-0.1c/c}}{\sqrt{1+0.1c/c}}$ $\lambda' = (540~nm)~\frac{\sqrt{0.9}}{\sqrt{1.1}}$ $\lambda' = 488~nm$ The signal is detected at a wavelength of 488 nm.

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