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Science Class Question...please Help!

Fri Mar 15, 2002 4:57 pm

I have a question on my take home mid term....Why don't we hear the plane at the same moment we see the plane. Why is the noise delayed?

Anybody? I think it's because the engines are faced the oposite way or somthin...?

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RE: Science Class Question...please Help!

Fri Mar 15, 2002 4:59 pm

Simple. Sound travels much slower than light. So as you see the plane, the light waves have traveled so fast (about 186,000 miles per second), but it will still take the sound much longer to reach you (since the sound waves only travel about 700mph).

Hope this helps.
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RE: Science Class Question...please Help!

Fri Mar 15, 2002 10:42 pm

Ask yourself this question, which travels faster sound or light?

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