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Title: Sound Bites

Sound Bites
  • Sound is a mechanical, longitudinal wave.
  • The medium usually associated with sound is air,
    but sound can travel through both liquids and
    gases as well.
  • As sound travels through a medium, it
    alternately compresses and expands the medium the
    same way a slinky behaves when you create a
    longitudinal wave in it.
  • compressed areas - high pressure area
  • expanded areas- low pressure areas

Drawing a sound wave
  • It is somewhat difficult to draw a longitudinal
    wave in terms of high and low pressure areas.
    Instead you will draw a graph of the pressure
    changes themselves. Once you have done that, you
    will have a picture that looks like a transverse
    wave, which is easier to describe.

Speed of Sound
  • The speed of sound depends on the medium that it
    is passing through.
  • Generally speaking, the denser the medium, the
    greater the speed of sound. As a result of this,
    sound travels much faster in solids than it does
    in gases.
  • Material Speed (m/s)
  • Air 343
  • Water 1440
  • Wood 4000
  • Glass 4500
  • Steel 5000 explains the ear to the train

  • The speed of sound also depends on the
  • For sound travelling through air, the
    relationship between the temperature and the
    speed is given by
  • v (331 0.60 T) m/s
  • v speed of sound in air
  • T temperature in degrees Celsius

Give it a go
  • What is the speed of sound at room temperature
    (20 C)?
  • Use this answer if the temp. is not given

Example 2
  • The speed of sound in air is 350 m/s. To the
    nearest degree, what is the air temperature?

  • All the properties of waves apply to sound waves.
  • reflection,
  • superposition,
  • refraction
  • diffraction
  • Reflected sound waves are given a special name,
  • The wave equation also applies to sound.
  • v ?f

  • Some cameras use very high frequency sound to
    determine the distance from the object being
    photographed. If an object is 2.0 m from such a
    camera, how long will it take for the sound to
    return to the camera?
  • You yell into a mine shaft and hear your echo
    3.00 s later. How deep is the well?

  • With sound we use specialized terms for the
    general wave properties.
  • pitch - frequency of sound.
  • The human ear responds to sounds in the range of
    20 Hz to 20000 Hz.
  • ultrasonic sound with freq above 20000 Hz
  • Bats can hear sounds with frequencies as large as
    100000 Hz.
  • Infrasonic - sound with freq below 20 Hz
  • created by earthquakes and machinery

Interference with Sound Waves
  • Sound waves can interfere just like other waves.
  • An interesting phenomenon occurs if the two
    sound waves that are interfering are fairly close
    in frequency.

  • The top two green waves have slightly different
    frequencies. When they interfere with one another
    there will be times when they are nearly in phase
    and a loud sound will be heard and at other times
    they will be nearly out of phase and very little
    sound will be heard. The red wave represents the
    result of the interference. Notice that the
    change in the amplitude has a frequency of its
    own. The frequency at which the amplitude
    changes is called the beat frequency. The beat
    frequency is simply the difference between the
    frequencies of the original two waves.

  • tuning fork 1 256 Hz.
  • tuning fork 2 ? Hz
  • Beat freq 4 Hz
  • The two possible answers for the second fork are
    260 Hz AND 252 HZ.
  • How can this property be used to tune musical

Doppler Shift
  • You have probably noticed the frequency (or
    pitch) of a siren change as it approached and
    passed you. If either the source of a sound, the
    observer of a sound or both are moving, the
    "observed" frequency of the sound will change.
  • Of course, the actual frequency of the sound
    source remains the same. When the source and
    observer are moving towards one another, the
    observed frequency will be higher and when they
    are moving away the frequency will be lower.

Doppler Shift
Now the sound source is moving to the right at a
constant velocity. As the source emits sound
waves, it "catches up" to the waves in front of
it and pulls away from the waves behind. This has
the effect of decreasing the wavelength of the
waves in front and decreasing the ones behind.
This is a stationary sound source emitting waves
at a constant frequency. Notice that the
wavelengths are equal.
Doppler Shift
  • As sound moves away form you
  • ?? then f ? (low pitch)
  • As sound moves towards you
  • ?? then f ? (high pitch)

Calculating Doppler Shift
  • f' observed frequency (Hz)
  • f frequency of the sound source (Hz)
  • v speed of sound (usually 343 m/s)
  • vo velocity of the observer (m/s)
  • vs velocity of the sound source (m/s)

  • An ambulance carrying Ms. Ryan (coffee overdose)
    is approaching you at 30 m/s. If the ambulance's
    siren emits sound at a frequency of 1500 Hz, what
    frequency will you hear as you stand in shock at
    possibly losing your beloved physics teacher?

Give it a go
  • A tornado siren goes off so you jump on your
    bicycle and drive away from the siren at a speed
    of 20.0 m/s. If the siren has a freq of 500 Hz,
    what freq will you hear?
  • (471 Hz)

Sonic Boom
  • An interesting thing happens when an object (such
    as a plane) travels with a velocity equal to the
    speed of sound. The sound waves in front of the
    plane can't move away and build up in one very
    large pressure wave. It actually takes a burst of
    extra energy to break through this barrier. Once
    the plane has broken through, it will be
    outrunning its own sound waves and is said to be
  • The sound waves will all line up to
    constructively interfere and to form what is
    known as a shock wave. This shock wave is
    commonly called a sonic boom.

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