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Physics Principles with Applications
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Physics Principles with Applications

Physics Principles with Applications

Book edition 7th
Author(s) Douglas C. Giancoli
Pages 978 pages
ISBN 978-0321625922

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Short Answer

Every year, the earth travels about 109 km as it orbits the sun. What is the earth’s average speed in km/h?

The earth’s average speed is 1.14×105 kmh.

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1. Calculation of the total hours in one year

The earth’s orbit is a two-dimensional plane in which it rotates around the sun. The earth takes 365 days to complete one complete cycle in its orbit.

Given data.

The traveled distance of the earth in a year is 109 km.

Now, you know that there are 365 days in a year and 24 hours in a day. Then,

1 year=365 day=365 day×24 hour1 day=8760 hour

Step 2. Calculation of average speed

Now, you know that

Average speed=Total distanceTotal time=109 km8760 h=1.14×105 kmh

Therefore, the earth’s average speed is 1.4×105 kmh.

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