Name _________________________________________ Date ____________

One way to estimate the distance from you to where lightning strikes is to count the number of seconds until you hear the thunder, and then divide by five. The number you get is the approximate distance in miles.

People are standing at the four points A, B, C and D. They saw lightning strike at point E. Because sound travels more slowly than light, they did not hear the thunder right away.

  1. Who heard the thunder first? ___ Why?

  2. Who heard it last? ___ Why?

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