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(a) Suppose the speed of light were only 3000 m/s . A jet fighter moving toward a target on the ground at 800 m/s shoots bullets, each having a muzzle velocity of 1000 m/s. What are the bullets’ velocity relative to the target? (b) If the speed of light was this small, would you observe relativistic effects in everyday life? Discuss.
1. $1650 \textrm{ m/s}$
2. Yes, relativistic effects would commonly be observed if $c = 3000 \textrm{ m/s}$
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