# Suppose you calculated the speed of light in an unknown substance to be #4.00 xx10^8# m/s. How could you tell if you made an error in your calculations?

Possibly by your professor giving you a severe beatdown for incompetence........

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Errors in the calculations are most likely to have occurred if the calculated speed of light in an unknown substance differs noticeably from the generally accepted value of roughly 3.00 x 10^8 m/s in a vacuum. You can also identify errors in the calculations by comparing the calculated value with known speeds of light in similar substances or by performing additional experiments to confirm the result.

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