Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Chocolate, Microwave and the Speeod of light

How should one measure the speed of light with chocolate? The speed of light is one of the most important constants of nature science in general and astronomy in particular but measuring it was a challenge which required complicated experiments.

Today you can conduct an experiment and obtain a very accurate value for the speed of light using nothing but a domestic microwave oven and chocolate bars. The experiment is suitable for children of all ages. First we will describe the experiment and then explain the physics behind it.
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