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Ocean Depth

A sailor strikes the side of his ship just below the surface of the sea. He hears the echo of the wave reflected from the ocean floor directly 3.85 s later. How deep is the ocean at this point?

Sound Waves

A steel guitar string has a length of 74 cm and thickness of 0.37 mm. It is under 35N tension. Calculate the wave speed in the string. The density of steel rho=7.84 x 10^3 kg/m^3.

Calculating the Frequency of Sound

A train is approaching a station and blows its horn with a frequency of 200hz. If the train has a speed of 25 m/s and the speed of sound is 350 m/s, what is the frequency of sound heard by the people standing on the platform a. 190hz b. 186hz c. 210 hz d. 200hz

How far is the speaker from each observer?

A loudspeaker is placed between two observers who are 120m apart along the line connecting them. If one observer records a sound level of 60dB and the other records a sound level of 90dB, how far is the speaker from each observer?

Tuning Fork and Its Vibrations

If the handle of a tuning fork is held solidly against a table, the sound from the tuning fork becomes louder. Why? How will this affect the length of time the fork keeps vibrating? Please explain. This is a CONCEPTUAL question.

Calculating the frequency of a string.

When a guitar string is sounded along with a 440 Hz tuning fork, a beat frequency of 5Hz is heard. When the same string is sounded along with a 436 Hz tuning fork, the beat frequency is 9 Hz. What is the frequency of the string?

Calculating the frequency of a string.

When a guitar string is sounded along with a 440Hz tuning fork, a frequency of 5 Hz is heard. When the same string is sounded along with 436 Hz tuning fork, the beat frequency is 9 Hz. What is the frequency of the string?

A droppler question is imparted.

An untethered(free) weather balloon travelling with the wind (at wind speed) emits a 1 khz sound wave. The wind is blowing with respect to the land due east at .25 times the speed of sound in air. If the free balloon is moving away (due east)from a tower at same height, what is the frequency of the sound detected at the tower?