2001 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 5

Problem

On a dark and stormy night Snoopy suddenly saw a flash of lightning. Ten seconds later he heard the sound of thunder. The speed of sound is 1088 feet per second and one mile is 5280 feet. Estimate, to the nearest half-mile, how far Snoopy was from the flash of lightning.

$\text{(A)}\ 1 \qquad \text{(B)}\ 1\frac{1}{2} \qquad \text{(C)}\ 2 \qquad \text{(D)}\ 2\frac{1}{2} \qquad \text{(E)}\ 3$

Solution

During the $10$ seconds, the sound traveled $1088\times10=10880$ feet from the lightning to Snoopy. This is equivalent to $\frac{10880}{5280}\approx2$ miles, $\boxed{\text{C}}$.

See Also

2001 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
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