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The speed of a nerve impulse in the human body is about 100 m/s. If you accidentally stub you toe in the dark, estimate the time it takes the nerve impulse to travel to your brain. (Assume that you are approximately 1.8 m tall and that the nerve impulse travels at uniform speed.)

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    d = V * t,
    1.8 m = 100 m / s * t,
    t = 1.8/100 = 0.018 s.

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    0.18

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    general formula: V=distance/time
    in this problem we are looking for the time, so adjusting our general formula we need to get time as our isolated variable.
    time=distance/velocity
    time: ?
    distance: 1.8m
    velocity: 100m/s
    therefore: t=1.8m/100m/s
    using your calculator you get:0.018s
    the meters cancel out with each other as you are dividing. hope this helped, it can be confusing even for me.

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