Acoustics is the interdisciplinary science that deals with the study of all mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids including vibration, sound, ultrasound and infrasound. Applications of acoustics are for instance the audio and noise control industries.

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Are there limits for the speed of sound? A maximum or a minimum only?

The speed of sound in materials of various states of matter differs a lot. But does it have fundamental limits? Is there a maximal possible speed of sound? Is there a minimal possible speed of ...
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How do phase carries structural information about the function? [on hold]

Suppose you are on a railway platform and you hear the sound of train coming towards you. Now, Using Fourier transformation we can convert the time domain function (here take sound as a function) ...
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Why can microphone be much smaller than wavelength of sound?

For sound from 20Hz to 20kHz, wavelength is 17m to 17mm, for sound at 2kHz, wavelength is 17cm. And I saw tiny microphone which is much smaller than that. In electromagnetic, there is a smallest size ...
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How much energy is contained in a human yell? [closed]

How much energy is contained in the pressure wave caused by a human yell? Assume the yell lasts for one second.
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Sonic boom and resonance

Can the damage caused by sonic booms be seen as an example of resonance? that is, when the driving frequency (be the sound wave) is equal to the natural frequency of the glass being damaged?
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How sound waves are graphed

I asked a basic question about sounds waves recently and got really helpful answers. I have another question (from the same youtube video) about how different sound graphs are used in real world ...
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Why does the sound of my tea stirring go up in tone the faster I stir?

I've noticed that when stirring my tea, as I stir faster the tone generated by the stirring goes up. Why is that? Is it something to do with the Doppler Effect? EDIT -------------------------- ...
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How to calculate whistle parameters for given frequency? [closed]

I would like to build powerful and yet cheap whistle. So I was thinking about buying vuvuzela and turning it to high-pitch whistle. However I have to make a whistle for precisely given frequency -- ...
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Does a ceiling fan sound louder when humidity is higher?

It seemed to me the ceiling fan is making louder noise(of cutting through the air) when the day is a bit damp/humid, especially after a rainy day/hour. Is this a valid observation? Can the increased ...
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Do particles in a sound wave ever move vertically?

I'm trying to visualize how sound waves work and I was curious about something. So sound moves in longitudinal waves, which I think I understand. There is a really good khanacademy video explaining ...
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Sound source not in a straight line with the sound receiver - does that make a difference?

Hope the graphics will help me explaining my question better. Let's say the box would be a room in the fourth floor, and the sound source would come from cars in the street. It is clear that in ...
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Why do certain types of sound seem to fade faster? [duplicate]

I noticed that if I'm playing music in a room and I go into another room or walk further and further, then at some point I can only hear the percussion and the melody to a lesser extent. All the ...
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As the speed of sound varies in different mediums, what's the density of a theoretical material that allows it to go at the speed of light? [duplicate]

Viewing a list of the speeds of sound in various mediums, I note that none of them come even close to 300,000,000 m/s. It appears that as the speed of sound goes up, the object's density more or less ...
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Experiment to find Velocity of sound

Please read the question and feel me the experiment we can perform to find the velocity of sound! Thank you
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Do neutron stars produce sound?

I've watched a video on youtube about neutron stars as called (pulsar) and it claims that pulsars produce this sound. then i found that they produce radio waves which can be converted to sound. Radio ...
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Acoustic sound box simulator

I'm looking for a simulator (2 or 3 dimensional + time) of an acoustic box. I'm trying to see where the high/low pressure areas would be depending on where I tap the box on the outside. PS. Not sure ...
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Other frequencies and breaking glass

I know an individual can use the natural frequency of glass to break it, but is it possible to break glass with a frequency other than the natural frequency? Will the glass still vibrate if the ...
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How do vinyl records work? [duplicate]

I know that vinyl records save the sound as ups and downs on the record plate surface. Let's say two people with different voice timbers say "I like vinyl records" with the same level of voice. It ...
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Sonoluminescence spectrum

During cavitation created by sound in a liquid the collapse of the bubbles can lead to very high temperatures and pressures resulting in the emission of light - sonoluminescence. Can the spectrum of ...
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How does any vibrating object generate sound?

We all know that vibration is the cause of sound generation. But here my question is, Internally what happens in vibrating object which creates sound? I guess, generation of sound will be some where ...
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Cigarette butt sound wave

What happens when I extinguish a cigarette in a recipient with some water in it ? It goes like pshhh, but what creates the sound wave ? Is it the water evaporating ?
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Why do I hear a squeak in my pipes when my neighbour runs his water?

I just installed a new water-heater in my apartment. Now, I hear a distinct squeak from some rooms some times when I or some neighbour run the water. Could not hear this before, and the pipes are all ...
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Resource on history of acoustics

Shortly: I am looking for a good resource (article, book, chapter in a book, introduction in an article...) about history of acoustics, I will be glad for any recommendations. By acoustics I mean the ...
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How is possible to hear mechanical sounds in space?

In the footage taken by U.S. astronaut Terry Virts during spacewalk (EVA) on the International Space Station on 25.02.2015, sounds can be heard while in space. I can understand "shaking" sounds while ...
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How to get the pressure amplitude at any spatial point?

Working on the pressure equation from the linearized euler equations, I stumble across a very simple problem : How, from the pressure solution of the specific equation (see ...
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Why does a double-slit experiment with sound waves never result in complete destructive interference?

Today, I find a question that if the speakers are set in parallel towards the wall. It has no complete destructive interference due to difference in distance from the point to each speakers, which ...
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Can sound be used to deviate objects?

I'm doing a fictional history, where there is a very advanced army but i like to keep things real, and my knowledge of physics is very limited...but i know sound has been used to levitate objects ...
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Would fog impair echolocation abilities?

I was driving down a major highway today and the fog was thick enough I could barely see 40 ft in front of me. I then wondered if I had had some other form of perception could I have perceived my ...
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Positions and corresponding terminology of “acoustics energy”?

From limited knowledge, decades ago, dating back to the nineteenth century: Ohm's law of specific acoustic energies was the first biological application of Fourier's theorem. Actually, it was ...
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Are there any natural phenomena on Earth that involve supersonic speeds?

Are there any natural phenomena on Earth that involves supersonic speeds, other than volcanic tephra and meteoroids? Edit: By natural I mean not man made like airplanes, rockets, missiles, bullet, ...
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Significance of higher harmonics

I am analyzing a noise signal and have identified the fundamental frequency of a tone and it's higher harmonics. Say for example given the signal below, The fundamental frequency has a sound ...
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If a bell is rung in a perfect vacuum and is suspended by opposing magnets will it ever stop ringing?

As far as I am aware a bell rung in a perfect vacuum would only lose energy and stop ringing due to friction between the bell and the hanging mechanism (due to the lack of air resistance). Therefore ...
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Submarine Speed Detection [closed]

A submarine can use sonar (sound traveling through water) to determine its distance from other objects. The time between the emission of a sound pulse (a “ping”) and the detection of its echo can be ...
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How do megaphones work?

I have gone through a lot of Google links before bothering you people. I wanted to know how megaphones work. I only got answers like they direct sound in one direction only (most probably in direction ...
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How can the speed of sound increase with an increase in temperature?

I was reading a textbook. I found that it was mentioned the speed of sound increases with increase in temperature. But sound is a mechanical wave, and it travels faster when molecules are closer. ...
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Is sound a Nambu-Goldstone mode?

The usual sound exists in solids, liquids, and gases, as a long-wavelength excitation with linear dispersion. Can its presence be attributed to the spontaneous breaking of some symmetry? In other ...
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Finding the time when we hear sound? (Reference Frames )

So a person stands at a far distance from an audio device. The audio device emits a sound and the person wants to get the exact time. He knows about speed of sound and has a meter stick to measure his ...
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Physical intuition for quadrupole source

In his Theory of Vortex Sound M. S. Howe defines sources "mathematically" (i.e. dipole is a source that could be described as a vector and than there is proved that it's equivalent to a two point ...
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Ice when melted at zero gravity [closed]

I wish to know the behavior of ice at zero gravity, how ice will behave when melted at g=0? Thanks
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Ratio of two RMS values in recorded audio

A quick(ish) question: I produce music and I am having a discussion on the difference between two RMS values in a specific record Nero: The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix). In the verse, the RMS is ...
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Why doesn't light, which travels faster than sound, produce a sonic boom?

I know that when an object exceeds the speed of sound ($340$ m/s) a sonic boom is produced. Light which travels at $300,000,000$ m/s, much more than the speed of sound but doesn't produce a sonic ...
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How to calculate the radiation impedance of the horn loudspeaker?

The mouth of the horn is circular and there are many models in order to approximate the radiation impedance, such as: massless circular piston in an infinite baffle, unbaffled massless ...
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Any general method of determining changes in speed of sound with pressure?

I need to correct speed of sound measurements in various gases for changes in ambient pressure, typically 700-1100 mBar. Is there any general theoretical model available for this? Especially something ...
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Singing for physicists: How to resonate by body cavities with my voice?

My body has various cavities, such as my throat, mouth, chest, and nose. This cavities have resonant frequencies. I also have a voice box, which creates sound. How do I create sounds at the resonant ...
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Different noise when knock on a hollow wall

This might have a very simple answer, but I was wondering whether there was more to it. When we knock on a wall, the noise is different depending on whether there's a hollow space behind it or not. ...
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What are the rules for breaking a glass with your voice?

So, this morning I woke up and remembered something I discussed about with one of my friends: Can human voice really break a wine glass? So I looked it up and after checking many websites and ...
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Eqation between sound intensity and distance

For a project I'm trying to build a sound engine as realistic as possible and I am trying to add more features to enhance the sound localization. So far I've only implemented one of the three main ...
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Sound waves and chromism?

I am definitely not a physicist, but I have a question related to Physics so I thought I'd give it a try. Please excuse my ignorance. :) I am somewhat familiar with the changes in color caused by ...
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Is, in terms of sound, pouring water in a bottle the analogous of blowing into it?

When we pour some liquid in a closed container, for instance a jar or a bottle, we usually hear two (acoustical) noises: one is the classical turbulent (I guess white) noise, that in my view is ...
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Is it possible to “pull” sound waves using only an object?

Say, for instance, I am outside standing 20 feet away from a speaker. Is there an object I can put on my body that would allow me to feel the bass of the music more, without picking up the vibrations ...