Problem: At a particular instant in time the Earth is judged to be 92,955,000 miles from the sun. What is the distance in kilometers to four significant figures? (See back inside cover for conversion factor).

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When doing unit conversions:

• Put units you need to cancel out on opposite places (i.e. if it’s in the numerator then put the conversion factor with the same unit in the denominator)

• Always raise the units to the necessary number especially when dealing with volume, area, etc.


To do so, we need the following conversion factor:

1 mi = 1.609 km


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At a particular instant in time the Earth is judged to be 92,955,000 miles from the sun. What is the distance in kilometers to four significant figures? (See back inside cover for conversion factor).

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