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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Longitudinal waves in a large (infinite) solid block

Specifically, I am trying to roughly determine the sound produced by a ball when it hits the floor and bounces. If the ball exerts a pressure onto the floor, then certainly this pressure will go on to ...
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Dispersing ultrasound in a tube - patters

I am looking for patterns to efficiently disperse reflected ultrasound in the range of wavelengths 1mm to 4mm within the interior of a narrow tube (I do not want wall reflections). For various reasons ...
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The inverse square law of sound through solids?

We all know about the inverse square law of sound. In short the power of the wave will get evenly spread on an ever increasing spherical expansion and this will dissipate the power of the wave at a ...
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Designing a home theater room for optimal acoustics

We are building an addition on our home that will allow us to build a basement home theater room with some level of flexibility regarding its size and shape. I've been reading somewhat conflicting ...
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Does a square wave “smooth out” in the air?

I understand that playing a square wave from speakers cannot produce a PERFECTLY sharp division between compression and rarefaction. But it's sharp enough to sound distinctly different from a sine ...
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Could symmetric molecular stretching cause a physical object to become amorphous? [closed]

I understand very little of this, but my google-foo has yielded me next to nothing, I thought I might then just ask. My real question here is if it might be possible through the use of vibration to ...
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What frequency of sound waves produces the most vibration [closed]

The name of the question is rather contradictory and counter-intuitive since sound is produced by vibration. However, very low frequencies around 32Hz and receding are bass. From what I have read ...
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Speed of sound in gaseous medium

Why does the speed of sound decrease as the density of the medium increases? I know why this happens mathematically, but I want to know what happens at the molecular level that results in higher speed ...
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Do we hear sounds differently on the highest mountains?

Some searching gives that above 6,000 meter altitude the air density is less than half of that at sea level. Speed of sound is about 15-20% slower and "acoustic impedance" seems to change too. Do ...
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Woodwind instruments overtones [duplicate]

When playing woodwind instruments, e.g., flute, if one blows harder, the sound will be one octave higher. Even harder gives even higher overtones. Does anyone know why?
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From where does the sound come from when two charged objects meet in real life?

I am sure all of us have played with rubbing things and producing static electricity and when I was charging my comb by rubbing it on my hair and watching it attracting a small piece of paper, I heard ...
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It seems that the harmonic (integer multiple) overtones of a sound usually all have the same phase. Is this true, and if so why?

And if you were to give each of them different phases, would the sound start to sound "off", or would it sound the same? All the same frequencies would be present, which makes me think it might sound ...
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Why do we hear lesser noise when plastic bags/wrappers are crumpled inside water than when they are crumpled in air?

When plastic bags/wrappers are crumpled in air they make noise. But when crumpled inside water we hear very little noise. Why is it so? Would I hear more noise if I go inside water and crumple the ...
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How far can one hear sound?

I was thinking how far can I hear sound coming from a concert. Today I was walking at night and I could hear sound from somewhere very far. I started following the sound but sound used to disappear ...
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Calculate loudness of sound: why am I getting contradictory answers?

I know of events that are happening about 45 KM away from me which are said to be 210 or 213 dB at 75 meters distance from multiple sources. I think that I can hear them, so I did the obvious: $$ ...
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Resonance of a tube of air in case of more complex shapes

I've been thinking about posting this question on Music Performance stack, but finally I think it fits more here since I'm interrested in technical details. The subject of resonance of a tube of air ...
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Why do bubbles make a sound?

I have an understanding of how bubbles work. They encapsulate air (or other fluids) in a membrane caused by surface tension. When they pop, there is often a sound. Sound is a type of energy, kinetic ...
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Physics of weird “boing” sound in racquetball courts?

While playing racquetball, I frequently hear a very prominent "boing" sound (or more formally, a chirp). For example, you can hear it in this video when the ball hits the front wall. Does anyone know ...
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Resonant Frequency & Opera Singers [closed]

Would it be possible under math of strings to note the frequency of each string vibrations? And in doing so, in hand with using the technique opera singers use to shatter glass with their voice, would ...
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SInce heat is a vibration in solids, isn't it just small scale sound? [duplicate]

On an atomic scale I think of electrons hitting positive ions in an electric lattice. Most energy there is heat energy. If I think of ball bearings flying through a large lattice, I think sound is ...
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Standing sound wave in a wind instrument

So I've had this question bugging me ever since I saw sound at physics class: How is it possible to match the resonance frequency of a column of air in an organ pipe and form a standing sound wave by ...
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How far can a voice carry through the desert at night? [closed]

Let's use these conditions: temp = 7C, relative humidity = 10%, air pressure = 85 kPa, elevation = 1500m, shouting at 100dB (not sure if this is a reasonable volume). Given these conditions, what ...
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Can we measure temperature of a object just by the sound it makes?

I been thinking if temperature is a basic property of macroscopic objects rather than of quantum or microscopic objects and it is as a result of average kinetic energy of particles residing in the ...
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Negative sound rooms

Well it is pretty well known that rooms with sound less than zero decibels, $\approx$ -15 decibels. How is it possible to create a room which is quieter than soundless? And it is claimed that just ...
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Compression vs Rarefaction in Sound Waves

I am currently looking into solutions for Sound Classification, and I came across Ludvigsen's methodology (if anyone wishes to refer to it). The problem is that a sample graph of amplitudes in one of ...
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A sonar continuously emits x(t), a general but known waveform and is reflected by a target. hypothetical question

A sonar continuously emits x(t), a general but known waveform that is reflected by a target and received by the sonar. Both the sonar and the target move in the 3-dimensional space in a general but ...
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Why does a wall act as a low-pass filter?

Learning about the fourier transform and its connection to filtering/convolution got me curious about naturally occurring filters. Why/how is it that brick walls naturally act as a low-pass filter ...
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How much does the sound definition vary during an LP (Vinyl)?

This question came to me when I realized how the linear speed varies while listening to a Vinyl LP. The linear speed variation has to be compensated with a variation in the resolution of the grooves, ...
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How quickly should a fluid come to hydrostatic equilibrium?

Let's say I'm holding a one-liter water bottle, full of water, which I then drop. Before dropping the water bottle, the equilibrium is for there to be a pressure gradient in the water canceling the ...
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Questions related to resonance/standing-waves and sound

I understand resonance for a simple harmonic oscillator but not for more complex systems like standing waves. How can I be in resonance with the normal mode in an organ pipe? I understand that the ...
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Why does our voice sound different on inhaling helium?

This question (and answer) is an attempt to clear the air on what appears to be a very simple issue, with conflicting or unclear explanations on the internet. Arguments, negations, etc are invited. ...
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Compute impulse response of a cavity for sound waves

Given a (closed or not) surface and a point emitting a spherical sound wave, how can I calculate the wave amplitude in any point of space, considering reflections on this surface ? The idea is to ...
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(air pressure and displacement) Isn't this image wrong?

Isn't this figure wrong? P(x,t) = -B(dy/dx) . If the derivative of air displacement has a maximum, then this is where the pressure is minimum, not maximum as this figure suggests. Could someone ...
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Using Audacity to generate power spectral density

Say I record something with a sound recording program like Audacity (e.g. plucking a guitar string). How could I use that recording to plot a dB vs Frequency graph?
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Need help with this derivation (Sound intensity)

I will copy a little bit of what my textbook says. By the way, we're talking about sound here. $$Intensity = (0.5)BwkA^2$$ The textbook claims that by using the relationships $w=vk$ and ...
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Can I compute the mass of a coin based on the sound of its fall?

Other day, I bumped my bookshelf and a coin fell down. This gave me an idea. Is it possible to compute the mass of a coin, based on the sound emitted when it falls? I think that there should be a ...
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What is the minimum pressure of a medium for which a sound wave can exist?

At what pressure will be particles in a medium be unable to form a sound wave when disturbed? How can this pressure be described mathematically? My guess is that this would correspond to the point at ...
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Why does lightning cause sound?

If I understand correctly, lightning is the discharge of electricity from the atmosphere into the planet. However, if I switch on a lamp, the wires are not causing thunder (or any audible sound). ...
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Is the mathematical form of the acoustic diffusion equation present in other fields of physics?

We are working in the field of High Performance Computing and we have developed a very efficient parallel implementation for solving the Acoustic Diffusion Equation as described below: $$ ...
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How to compute $L_{\rm eq}$ from temporal pressure data

I have pressure vs time data. how can I compute sound equivalence Level $L_{\rm eq}$ in decibels? can this be done from a frequency spectrum assuming that it is constant?
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can silence happens when 2 sound waves destroy each other [duplicate]

Hi is there any possibility that you located between 2 sound sources and u hear nothing? as we know 2 wave in opposite direction will destroy each other...
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What is the duration of a snap?

What is the duration of a snap (of the fingers)? When someone says, "it's ridiculously fast, it's like [snap]" - where [snap] is them snapping their fingers - they would normally mean it is ...
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A strange audio phenomenon, could there be a physical interpretation to it?

http://mathoverflow.net/q/165038/14414 Motivation : Here is a motivation as to why this problem is so important. Let $f(t)$ be an audio signal. We can safely asume it to be bandlimited to 0-20kHz as ...
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Do eigenvalues in a cylindrical symmetric problem tell us anything about the Fourier spectrum?

During a lecture we were solving the Helmholtz equation for particular boundary conditions, corresponding to different shapes of an oscillating drum, as in the famous Mark Kac's problem ...
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Why don't two musical instruments sometimes generate destructive interference?

I'm an electrical engineer, and I understand wave propagation, interference patterns, and so on. But I'm missing something basic, so perhaps my understanding isn't as good as I believe. I'll show my ...
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Standing sound waves phase difference

This is a basic question but I don't fully understand what is going on. When we have a pipe in resonance we get standing waves, where displacement antinodes are at pressure nodes and vise versa. So ...
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Sound travel problem

Here's an example of my question to make my explanation a bit easier. Say a decent loudspeaker plays a tune at loud volume 100m away from me and another speaker plays the same tune at lot lower ...
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Cause for Power Transmission Tower “Breathing”

OK, this question is not your usual one: Last night while hiking solo from the mountains back to my car at the mountain/desert interface (Lone Pine, CA), I had a rather bizarre -- and downright spooky ...
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Is there physics behind the layout of a piano keyboard?

We have 12 different 'notes' per octave on a musical keyboard. They are set up so that every 'note' (A, B,C etc) is a second harmonic of the same 'note' in the next higher octave. With this ratio in ...
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What “propagates” a force through the rest of a solid?

So, in typing the title of this question I was recommended this awesome one, which confirmed my guess that this effect "propagates" at the speed of sound (though I just had a feeling, I don't really ...