# The walls of a prison cell are perpendicular to the four cardinal compass directions. On the first day of spring,

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The walls of a prison cell are perpendicular to the four cardinal compass directions. On the first day of spring, light from the rising Sun enters a rectangular window in the eastern wall. The light traverses 2.37 m horizontally to shine perpendicularly on the wall opposite the window. A young prisoner observes the patch of light moving across this western wall and for the first time forms his own understanding of the rotation of the Earth.
(a) With what speed does the illuminated rectangle move?
(b) The prisoner holds a small square mirror flat against the wall at one corner of the rectangle of light. The mirror reflects light back to a spot on the eastern wall close beside the window. How fast does the smaller square of light move across that wall?
(c) Seen from latitude of 40.0° north, the rising Sun moves through the sky along a line making a 50.0° angle with the southeastern horizon. In what direction does the rectangular patch of light on the western wall of the prisoner’s cell move?
(d) In what direction does the smaller square of light on the eastern wall move?

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Authors: Raymond A. Serway, Jerry S. Faughn, Chris Vuille, Charles A. Bennett

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