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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

A pair of speakers separated by a distance d = 0.700 m are driven by the same oscillator at a frequency of 686 Hz. An observer originally positioned at one of the speakers begins to walk along a line perpendicular to the line joining the speakers as in Figure P14.41. (a) How far must the observer walk before reaching a relative maximum in intensity? (b) How far will the observer be from the speaker when the first relative minimum is detected in the intensity?

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Figure P14.41

(a)

To determine
The distance the observer walks before reaching a relative maximum intensity.

Explanation

Given Info: The frequency of sound from the speaker is 686Hz.

Formula to calculate the wavelength is,

λ=vf

  • v is the velocity of the sound.
  • f is the frequency of sound from the horn,

The speed of sound in air is 343 m/s.

Substitute 343 m/s for v and 686 Hz for f in the above expression to get λ .

λ=343m/s686Hz=0.500m

Maximum interference occurs when the path difference is an integral multiple of wave length.

The condition for the first relative maximum is,

r=x+λ

Formula for relative maximum

r2=x2+λ2

Rearrange the expression in term of x

(b)

To determine
The distance the observer be from the speaker when the first relative minimum is detected in the intensity.

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