Q070 - Physics For Engineers And Scientists - Solutions
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# Question 70 - Review - Chapter 1¶

## Problem:¶

The earth has a radius of about $6.37*{10}^{6\;} \;m$.

## Question:¶

a) What is the distance from pole to equator over the surface?
b) What is the distance in a straight line from pole to equator (chord)?



## Solution:¶

a) The distance from pole to equator along the surface is 1/4 of the circumference of the earth.

$$\frac{2*\pi *r}{4}=\frac{\pi *r}{2}$$

In [1]:
import numpy as np
r = 6.37e6;
PoolToEq = (np.pi * r) / 2;
print(f'\ta) The distance from pole to equator over the surface = {PoolToEq/1000:g} km.');

	a) The distance from pole to equator over the surface = 10006 km.


b) The chord from pole to equator is the oblique side of the rectangular triangle with rectangular sides = being the radius.

In [2]:
chord = np.sqrt(2*r**2);
print(f'\tb) The chord from pole to equator is {chord/1000:.0f} km.', );

	b) The chord from pole to equator is 9009 km.


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