Physics307L F08:People/Knockel/Lab5

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Speed of Light Summary

I have calculated that the speed of light is

Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\displaystyle c=3.16(13)\times10^{8}} m/s.

The actual value of Failed to parse (MathML with SVG or PNG fallback (recommended for modern browsers and accessibility tools): Invalid response ("Math extension cannot connect to Restbase.") from server "https://api.formulasearchengine.com/v1/":): {\displaystyle c} =3.00x108 m/s is slightly outside of the error interval I have provided, but there is no reason why error intervals should include the actual value even if no significant systematic error exists because the actual value is barely outside this interval.

My major source of random error was a "time walk" which is when the strength of a signal affects the measured time it takes for that signal to be sent.

As for HOW I measured this exciting and fundamental constant of nature, check out my notebook!

link to my speed of light notebook