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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Non-linear waves and shock formation

In the cases of non-linear acoustics, why is shock formation unlikely when the dispersion is strong when compared to the non-linearity of the wave?
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What causes the buzzing sound when the electricity changes into heat?

When I turn on any kind of electric heating (kettle, cooker, heater, ...), it keeps producing a constant buzzing sound. What is the exact cause of that sound? Do the electrons of the electric ...
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Optimum “fur” dimensions for absorbing ultrasound at a given wavelength?

By "fur" I mean an array of bendable fibres aligned vertically on a substrate. The ultrasound hits it at an oblique angle. Is there a spacing that will provide optimum absorption? A basic thought ...
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Natural acoustic modes of a open-open converging or diverging duct

The fundamental frequencies of air columns depend on the length of the column, the speed of sound and the boundary conditions. For a straight duct the natural modes are $f = \frac{n ...
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Humans Voice Frequency? [on hold]

Do all human beings have a different voice frequency like they have different finger prints? as all of us are unique so probably our vocal folds make different vibrations while saying a same word that ...
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Acoustical wave equation from Hamilton's principle

It is common to show the features and power of the Hamilton's principle by deriving the equation of vibrating string, membrane etc. using this principle. But I have never seen that used for deriving ...
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Is it possible to low pass filter the amplitude of a sound wave?

Is it physically possible to block or attenuate noise above a certain amplitude, but leave other lower amplitude noises unhindered?
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Can you have a problem with a Dirichlet boundary condition but with waves that reflect off the boundary?

Say we are looking for a solution to the Helmholtz equation $$(\Delta + k^2) u = 0,$$ in in the upper half space ($y > 0$) in 2D with a Dirichlet boundary condition on the $x$-axis, that is, $u(x, ...
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How does sound propagate through a mesh structure?

I am assuming that the material and holes are approximately the same dimensions and also similar to the wavelength of the sound. In my case, around 2mm. How does varying those dimensions affect the ...
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What causes a materials distinc sound?

If a brass,iron and glass object emit a similar ring when struck yet all 3 objects are different in size,weight and structure, What do these 3 objects have in common to emit such a similar sound?
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What is the player's role in the functioning of a theremin?

I recently see a video on how the theremin works, and wasn't satisfied with the answer. I watched around, but they all seem to give the same explanation. A diagram as below is given, and it is ...
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Is a change of a few decibels in loudness of a sound noticeable?

What is the minimum change in loudness (units:decibels) that the human ears and by extension the human brain can recognise?
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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 $$ ...
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An experiment to show sound waves

My 6 year-old son asked me to explain the sound barrier. I think I'm ready to explain, but I wanted to know if I could add a little homemade experiment to show visually how soundwaves are generated. ...
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Does the human body have a resonant frequency? If so, how strong is it?

Inspired by this question on Music beta SE, I'm wondering if the human body has a strong resonant frequency. I guess the fact that it's largely a bag of jelly would add a lot of damping to the system, ...
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Is the speed of sound in air constant?

In Optics lecture we took a formula for the speed of a wave which is: $$ v=\frac{\omega}{k} $$ where $\omega$ is number of complete vibrations per second: $$ \omega=\frac{2\pi}{\tau} $$ and: $$ ...
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How much time will for the observer last sound of thunder? [closed]

We have height of the cloud 5 km. The observer stands 20 km away. The speed of sound depends only on the temperature. $C=a\times\sqrt T$ Temperature on 5 km is $-33^o C$ and on the ground $7^oC$. ...
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Conservation of energy in a sound wave

I have two ultrasonic transducers, an emitter and a receiver, and I'd like to know how the energy of the spherical wave is conserved. I guess the energy is proportional to its amplitude and it ...
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Why are two speakers at the same volume and distance not twice as loud?

If I have two identical speakers facing me which are adjacent to eachother, playing the same music at the same volume, would it be any louder than having just one speaker at the same volume? If not, ...
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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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Rarefaction/compression events detection using time resolved sound measurement

I had a question about sound measurement in air using a B&K condenser microphone. In the acquired time resolved sound measurement signal I can see both negative and positive voltages/ pressure ...
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When does the shock occurred?

I'm between this 2 conditions that when does the shock occurred over an airfoil. When the speed of point of an airfoil reach to sonic velocity of environment. When the speed of point of an airfoil ...
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Confusion about the shock growth

I am studying Hamilton's & Blackstock's Nonlinear Acoustics. One of the essential phenomena associated with a finite-amplitude (unidimensional, planar) sound propagation is building the shock due ...
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Grand Canyon Sound Problem Troubles

Yesterday, I got a question in class, this is the question: If you shout into the Grand Canyon, your voice travels at the speed of sound (340m/s) to the bottom of the canyon and back, and you hear an ...
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Clarification of why pressure must be constant at a boundary between two fluids/gases?

In section 13.2.1 of these notes on acoustic waves it says that the pressure must be continuous at the boundary of two fluids/gases in equilibrium. If they were not it says the following - If the ...
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What happens to sound waves?

I apologize if this is a naive question, but I never really learned about this. I'm curious as to what happens to sound waves after they are "used"? For example, if I say something to you verbally, ...
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Is a sonic boom loudest when source is at exactly Mach 1?

Please imagine this cartoonish thing: a flying loudspeaker, playing a continuous sound, with zero air resistance (i.e its moving through the air doesn't generate any whooshing sounds) is coming ...
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Pressure Inverting Reflection of a Sound Wave

How would the frequency and energy of a pressure inverted sound wave compare to the frequency and energy of the original sound? Would it sound any different?
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Harmonics and the frequencies

Let's say we had a pipe which was closed on one side and open on the other. We can find the wavelength for the first harmonic. To find the second harmonic we just add one more antinode and find a new ...
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Influence of acceleration in acoustic doppler's effect experiment

Recently I've done an acoustic doppler's effect experiment for physics lab assignment. The setup was two microphones in a straight line, movable object with sound source and a pc with the usual sound ...
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Laplace's correction

In Laplace's correction volume is raised to gamma which is a ratio of molar heats on different conditions. I want simply know that why gamma does not describe any thing about pressure but volume ...
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Do two waves of different frequencies create a resultant wave of lower frequency?

In my results for testing background noise, i found that while strumming a guitar in: a noisy area, the frequency picked up by the mic was 352 Hz while in a quiet area, the frequency picked up by ...
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Sound pitch of glass with water

I have a glass (made from glass) at room temperature. I poured very hot tea in it and started stirring. No extra tea is poured in the glass. When hitting the glass with the spoon, I noticed the ...
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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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Why don't we hear sound reflecting from buildings, mirrors, etcetera?

We can see buildings, doors, cars etc. as light falls on it gets reflected to us. but why doesn't the same thing happen with sound? I mean why don't we hear sound reflecting that much?
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A question about different intensity of a sound source in a room

A few days ago, I entered a temple room with dimensions (which are only approximate) shown below in the diagram. There was a low humming sound of the exhaust fan which was at a height of approximately ...
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Can Doppler Shift be used to calculate speed of an observed object?

Thanks for looking. Just musing over an idea this afternoon: if I had a radio controlled plane, I could obviously calculate its airspeed based on pings and the known speed of sound if it was ...
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Helmet to helmet in vacuum - can we talk?

Usual SciFi scene. In a spacesuit, in vacuum, with the comms out for some reason. They want to talk, so the butt helmets together so sound can pass through. Questions are: a) Would it really work in ...
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Liquid wave faster than sound in the above gas: possibility implications

I recently heard that tsunamis (meaning "harbour wave") can travel over 800 kilometres per hour (500 mph), not so far from the speed of sound in the air. May it happen, in general, that a wave in a ...
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What would happen if we try to emanate sound waves from a conic surface? [duplicate]

Say we want to emanate sound waves through a conical surface, what would happen at the tip? How would the waves be?
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Is a sonic boom a one-time bang or a continuous noise?

Is a sonic boom a one-time bang, caused when an object initially goes supersonic, or is it a continuous noise emitted by the object as it's travelling? To be more specific, will an aircraft which is ...
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Propellers and the Speed of sound

I was reading this website that described a novel wind turbine technology and it has this quote: In the mid-20th century, open propeller-driven planes with piston engines reached performance ...
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Standing wave confusion

To form a standing wave, two coherent waves must travel in opposite direction. But is it it necessary for them to have the same amplitude and no phase angle difference?
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Do gravitational waves travelling through a medium produce sound?

Say Alice decided to orbit dangerously close to a couple of black holes circling each other. She is in a heavily enclosed astronaut suit, as is Bob, who is floating much further away. Assuming Alice ...
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Is it possible for a harmonic to be louder than the fundamental frequency?

Using most sound equations, it is quite clear that increasing frequency decreases amplitude, but is there any example where this is not true?
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Why do bass tones travel through walls?

I was in the shower while my roommate was listening to music and got to thinking about the fact that I could only hear the bass and lower drums through the walls. Why is this? The two possibilities I ...
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Why would a decreased length mean a higher frequency of sound?

This is in terms of the Water Bottle Lab: adding water (effectively decreasing length) to a bottle and finding its fundamental frequency at different lengths/amounts of water. I understand what ...
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Resultant frequency if 3 harmonic notes (a chord) is played

If I know the frequency of individual notes being played (let's assume D, F# and A), how do I determine the final frequency if they are played (nearly) simultaneously as a chord. To put the problem ...
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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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When you push a stick will the end of it respond later than the beginning? Is so what is the fastest material and what forces are involved?

Normally when two people hold a long stick the receiving person would feel at the same time the stick moving when the first person gives the stick a push. But is that in reality exactly the case? ...