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Radio waves travel at the speed of light which is 3.00 x 108 m/s. How many minutes does it take for a radio message to reach Earth from Saturn if Saturn is 7.9 x 108 km from Earth?

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    convert km into m by multiplying by 1000:
    (7.9 x 10^8 km)(1000m/1km)

    divide by the speed of light:
    (7.9 x 10^8 km)(1000m/1km)/(3.00 x 108 m/s)=____s

    last, divide by 60 to convert to minutes:
    (___s)(1 min/60s)

    the key to this problem is the UNITS! notice how I eliminate the units I don't want by finding the equivalent units I wanted.

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    44 minutes

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