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# say that, during a storm, you can estimate how far away the storm is by counting...

say that, during a storm, you can estimate how far away the storm is by counting the number seconds between lightening and thunder, and that every second represents another mile away.

1- The speed of light is approximately 2.98*10^8 m/s . Rewrite this (scientific notation) as a regular number (not scientific notation).

2- There are 1,609 meters in a mile. If the storm is one mile away, how long will it take for the light from the lightening to reach you?

3- If the storm is one mile away, how long will it take for the sound of the thunder to reach you? If the storm is one mile away, what is the difference in time between when the light reaches you and when the sound reaches you?

4- Now, assume that there is one second between the lightening and the thunder. How far away would the storm have to be?

Set up an algebraic equation and solve this problem, or explain your answer in words.

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