Chapter-2 Q007 - Physics For Engineers And Scientists - Solutions
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# Question 7 - Problems - Chapter 2¶

## Problem:¶

On one occasion a tidal wave (tsunami) originating near Java (Jakarta) was detected in the English Channel 32 hours later

## Question:¶

Roughly measure the distance from Java to England by sea (around the Cape of Good Hope) on a map of the world, and calculate the average speed of the tidal wave.

## Solution:¶

You can measure rouchly the distance on this link

Distance $s = 34000$ km

Time $t = 32$ hours

Average speed $v = \frac{s}{t}$ km/h

In [1]:
import numpy as np
Distance = 34000
Time = 32
Average_speed = Distance / Time
# limit to 2 significant figures as distance is given in 2 significants too
print(f'The average speed in km per hour is {Average_speed:.0f} km/h.')

The average speed in km per hour is 1062 km/h.


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