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Problem: Tectonic plates are large segments of the Earth's crust that move slowly. Suppose that one such plate has an average speed of 4.0 cm/year. (a) What distance does it move in 1 s at this speed? (b) What is its speed in kilometers per million years? 

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Distance, d = vt

1 year = (365)(24)(60)(60) = 31536000 s

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Tectonic plates are large segments of the Earth's crust that move slowly. Suppose that one such plate has an average speed of 4.0 cm/year. 

(a) What distance does it move in 1 s at this speed? 

(b) What is its speed in kilometers per million years? 

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