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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Can sound travel in the form of transverse waves?

We all know that sound is a longitudinal wave but in some books, I have found that sound travels in the form of both longitudinal and transverse waves while passing through rocks. Can anybody explain ...
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'Slapping' sound when trains pass each other

I have noticed that when riding in a train travelling at over 100 kmh$^{-1}$, a loud 'slap' can be heard when another train travelling at a similar speed passes in the opposite direction, followed by '...
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Acoustic beats interference vs. path difference interference

I'm trying to understand the differences between two kinds of waves interference. The first one is a time-interference, only due to frequency difference of the two waves with the same amplitude, which ...
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Speed of sound in solid — temperature dependence

Let $v$ denote the speed of sound in a fixed solid, at a fixed temperature $T$. This will depend on properties of the solid (such as the bulk modulus and density). Given an increase in $T$, does $v$ ...
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Is there any effect on mechanical waves by electromagnetic waves (and vise versa)?

Do electromagnetic waves like light and gravitational waves (due to moon for instance) affect on mechanical waves like sound? Can sound change the path of light?
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Why do we hear better during the night? [duplicate]

At night, we hear weak and far sounds approximately clear, while during the day we cannot. My high school physics teacher was saying that “this is because of interference of sound waves. During the ...
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Why do you only hear the bass when someone nearby is wearing earphones?

When someone nearby is listening to music through earphones or headphones, usually you can only hear the bass (unless it's really loud where you can hear the singer's voice and the other instruments ...
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What's the effect called when vibrations move through a cable under tension?

I'm not sure how to describe it, but there is a certain sound of vibrations through a tensioned cable, you might hear it as sound effects in a movie where cables are snapping, some have described it ...
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What happens when sound source is radiating through a hole in a cavity?

What happens to the external sound field , when loudspeaker attached to one wall is radiating inside a box and other wall has a aperture size of a diaphragm? Do we experience Helmholtz effect?
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Water in glass tubes producing different pitches when tapped. Why exactly is this?

So I've been making a DIY instrument for my physics project at school. I decided to try this experiment where I put different volumes of water into a glass cup, and I tap it with a spoon to create ...
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What is the difference between real value and abs value? [closed]

I am confused here, though I have been reading about it for years. What is the difference between a real value and an absolute value? For example, when do we take the absolute value of pressure or the ...
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What is the exact physics behind sonic levitation

Me and a group of friends decided to choose sonic levitation as our research topic. However, after looking up the theoretical background, we hit a roadblock: (Here is an image of a standing sound ...
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Is there a mathematical relation between the volume of a speaker diaphragm and the intensity of sound it produces?

I am trying to find out how speaker cones of different diaphragm volumes will produce a certain intensity of sound. Is there a relation that could be used after the volume of the cone has been found?
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Intensity of a standing sound wave at displacement nodes?

We know $$P = F\cdot v$$ where $v$ is the velocity vector. Since at the "displacement nodes" in a standing sound wave the velocity of the particles is always 0, the Power must be 0 and hence the ...
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Percent variation of a physical quantity: how to choose who is in the denominator?

I came up with a very basic doubt on percent variation of a physical quantity,say $f$, defined as $$\delta f_{\%}=|{\frac{\Delta f}{f}}|\cdot 100$$ The problem is with the denominator. I'll make a ...
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Why do we hear a different timbre when someone speaks with helium (or other gases) in their lungs?

Let me make one thing clear: I am fully aware that the change in timbre comes from the change in acoustic wave speed when going through a different medium (just like light). However, would I not ...
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Impulse response of air

Has someone captured impulse response of air with as few reflections as possible? It is said that high frequencies are diminished as sound travels, but I haven't seen any actual results of how say, ...
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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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How does a Trumpet loud speaker work?

I pierced a hole in a cone shaped cardboard's tip and attached it to my phone speaker. Surprisingly the sound produced when attached is three times louder than the sound when it is removed. I do know ...
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Why do certain materials of nature ring when struck?

There are a wide range of elements and natural materials that will give off a ringing sound based on the material and the profile of the object is correct, most first think of metals ring best because ...
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Is there any way to find difference between two same sounds of different people?

I am trying to understand and find a way to distinguish two same sounds of different people by some physics formula, so could you guys help me? OK I'll try to explain my question in this way that, ...
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Why does a rolling thunder always starts with a high pitch and ends with a deep, low sound? [duplicate]

Rolling thunders always come cracking in with a high frequency, and the sound grows more deep as the rolling advances, ending with the deep sound of a roaring lion. Why? This is not the same question ...
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Extended sound of thunder

Why does the sound of thunder last several seconds even when lightning lasts for only fraction of a second?
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Why do we add intensities for coherent sound sources?

When there are N coherent sound sources playing the same note at equal loudness, their sound waves add up to make a sine wave of the same frequency but most likely different amplitude (can be anything ...
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how sound quantity in a period of time is measured by? [closed]

Let's suppose that I'm singing for 10 minutes and I obviusly produce some sounds, and let's imagine that I hold an instrument for measuring the amount of sounds produced within that period of time. I'...
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Seeing vs hearing a wave [duplicate]

Two questions came to my mind after reading the 4th para of the 1st answer of this question... Although we can't hear a 35Hz wave, can we see the object vibrating? Is there a range of ...
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How to counteract Doppler's effect? [closed]

I am working on a robot in which I am detecting obstacles on sides using Ultrasonic transducers. Now the problem is, the target speed for the robot is 8.5 m/s and at this speed, the doppler's effect ...
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Sonic boom breaking glass

It's a well known fact that a sonic boom from something such as concord can shatter glass. I'm interested to know why a human is seemingly fine in the presence of the shockwave and yet the glass is ...
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How are sound waves of different speeds heard differently?

Lets say that there are two waves. They are both identical in every way except that one is traveling through a gas and another through a liquid. As we know they are traveling at different speeds and ...
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why cannot longitudinal waves travel through space (vacuum)

'The reason sound can't travel through a vacuum is that sound needs a medium (solid, liquid or gas with real vibrating molecules) and not because it is a longitudinal wave' How does this make sense as ...
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What do echo and reverbation have in common?

What do echo and reverbation have in common? They are the reflection of sound waves, they are formed when sound waves meet a hard surface, they cause a repetition of the sound. The waves keep having ...
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Solution of Burgers' equation in preshock region

According to Hamilton's & Blackstock's Nonlinear acoustics (Section 4.5.4) the solution of Burgers' equation of the form: $$ \frac{\partial P}{\partial \sigma} - \frac{1}{\Gamma}\frac{\partial^2 ...
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Why does scratching a blackboard gives such a painful noise?

I think we all have heard that terrible sound coming from scratching a blackboard with your nails. How is it produced? Has it something to do with the length of our nails?
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Time it would take for sound to travel between moon and earth? [duplicate]

Neil degrasse Tysons documentary series the Cosmos, he mentions that we actually see the moon one second later than it actually is due to the distance of the earth and the moon and speed of light ...
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Derivative with respect to a difference of independent variables

I am dealing with an equation from nonlinear acoustics (Khokhlova-Zabolotskaya-Kuznetsov equation) where a strange term (for me as a mathematician) is used. The equation looks like this $$ \frac{\...
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Singing: Resonance body open-closed or closed-closed?

Googling yields contradictory results, so here my question: When I sing, my vocal chords vibrate, but my whole body is the resonance body, right? So I would say that when I think about standing waves ...
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Frequency of an open air column

Given only the length of an organ pipe to be $2.14 m$, is it possible to find what frequency it vibrates at? If I use the equation $f=\frac{v}{\lambda}$, does the $v$ apply to the speed of sound in ...
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How to derive end-correction value relationship for open-ended air columns?

According to Young and Freedman's Physics textbook, in open-ended air columns like some woodwind instruments, the position of the displacement antinode extends a tiny amount beyond the end of the ...
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How can I prove that antinodes are present at both open ends of organ pipe mathematically?

I know that for anti node to be formed the magnitude of displacement should be maximum at there. For standing waves in an organ pipe, the boundary conditions are such that anti nodes are formed at ...
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Pressure standing wave nodes at the end of the open side of a tube

I do not understand why standing sound waves can be formed in a one-side or two-side open tube. Consider a one-side open tube. In particular how does the reflection of the wave at the open end occur? ...
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Is there an upper frequency limit to ultrasound?

Wikipedia has this diagram of the acoustic frequency spectrum: Is there an upper limit to the frequencies you can transmit through the air? Are they absorbed more and more at higher frequencies, ...
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How can the amplitude of the same acoustic wave be different in a interferometer?

I came up with an exercise on Halliday Resnick Krane that asked a question which consfuses me. I premit that I do not look for a solution of the exercise but for suggestions only regarding the ...
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Speed of sound in different states

Consider a gas at very low temperature(lower than critical) and pressure . Upon increasing pressure it will transform to liquid state. I know that speed of sound is independent of pressure, and also ...
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Effect of motion of medium on frequency

Will the frequency observed by a stationary observer will remain same if only the medium between the source and observer is moving?(ie. both source and observer are at rest and wind is blowing from ...
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Doppler shift and Galilean relativity

Doppler shift has different forms if the observer or the source are in motion. I consider Doppler shift in the case of sound. I tried to find an answer on the non symmetry of Doppler effect, ...
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How to convert from overtone to harmonics and vice versa?

I was given this question: If the pipe length in a tube is 1.9 m, at the air temperature inside the tube is 28 °C, determine the fundamental frequency of the note played, fourth harmonic and the ...
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Can I measure the mode shape frequency of a metal frame with a sound meter

If I 'ping' a metal frame it will resonate in many different mode shapes with different frequencies. I can see those shapes by doing a modal FEA analysis. When I use a sound meter to measure the ...
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Subtracting Audio from a Song with Multiple Forms

This question may start oozing into the realm of copyright infringement, but let's discuss the theory first and foremost. I have a song with vocal and orchestral accompaniment from a well-known movie ...
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Is speed of sound really constant?

Does not speed of sound actually depend on the frequency and/or amplitude of the waves? If so, why it is constant?
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Energy in a sound wave possible error?

In a certain text discussing longitudinal waves it stated that for a sound wave, both the kinetic energy and potential energy are maximum at the same time. I always thought that the potential energy ...