Problems & Exercises
17.2 Speed of Sound, Frequency, and Wavelength
When poked by a spear, an operatic soprano lets out a 1,200-Hz shriek. What is its wavelength if the speed of sound is 345 m/s?
What frequency sound has a 0.10-m wavelength when the speed of sound is 340 m/s?
Calculate the speed of sound on a day when a 1,500 Hz frequency has a wavelength of 0.221 m.
(a) What is the speed of sound in a medium where a 100-kHz frequency produces a 5.96-cm wavelength? (b) Which substance in Table 17.4 is this likely to be?
Show that the speed of sound in air is 343 m/s, as claimed in the text.
Air temperature in the Sahara Desert can reach (about What is the speed of sound in air at that temperature?
Dolphins make sounds in air and water. What is the ratio of the wavelength of a sound in air to its wavelength in seawater? Assume air temperature is
A sonar echo returns to a submarine 1.20 s after being emitted. What is the distance to the object creating the echo? Assume that the submarine is in the ocean, not in fresh water.
(a) If a submarine’s sonar can measure echo times with a precision of 0.0100 s, what is the smallest difference in distances it can detect? Assume that the submarine is in the ocean, not in fresh water.
(b) Discuss the limits this time resolution imposes on the ability of the sonar system to detect the size and shape of the object creating the echo.
A physicist at a fireworks display times the lag between seeing an explosion and hearing its sound, and finds it to be 0.400 s. (a) How far away is the explosion if air temperature is and if you neglect the time taken for light to reach the physicist? (b) Calculate the distance to the explosion taking the speed of light into account. Note that this distance is negligibly greater.
Suppose a bat uses sound echoes to locate its insect prey, 3 m away. (See Figure 17.11.) (a) Calculate the echo times for temperatures of and . (b) What percent uncertainty does this cause for the bat in locating the insect? (c) Discuss the significance of this uncertainty and whether it could cause difficulties for the bat. (In practice, the bat continues to use sound as it closes in, eliminating most of any difficulties imposed by this and other effects, such as motion of the prey.)
17.3 Sound Intensity and Sound Level
What is the intensity in watts per meter squared of 85-dB sound?
The warning tag on a lawn mower states that it produces noise at a level of 91 dB. What is this in watts per meter squared?
A sound wave traveling in air has a pressure amplitude of 0.5 Pa. What is the intensity of the wave?
What intensity level does the sound in the preceding problem correspond to?
What sound intensity level in dB is produced by earphones that create an intensity of
Show that an intensity of is the same as
(a) What is the decibel level of a sound that is twice as intense as a 90-dB sound? (b) What is the decibel level of a sound that is one-fifth as intense as a 90-dB sound?
(a) What is the intensity of a sound that has a level 7.00 dB lower than a sound? (b) What is the intensity of a sound that is 3.00 dB higher than a sound?
(a) How much more intense is a sound that has a level 17 dB higher than another? (b) If one sound has a level 23 dB less than another, what is the ratio of their intensities?
People with good hearing can perceive sounds as low in level as at a frequency of 3,000 Hz. What is the intensity of this sound in watts per meter squared?
If a large housefly 3 m away from you makes a noise of 40 dB, what is the noise level of 1,000 flies at that distance, assuming interference has a negligible effect?
Ten cars in a circle at a boom box competition produce a 120-dB sound intensity level at the center of the circle. What is the average sound intensity level produced there by each stereo, assuming interference effects can be neglected?
The amplitude of a sound wave is measured in terms of its maximum gauge pressure. By what factor does the amplitude of a sound wave increase if the sound intensity level goes up by 40 dB?
If a sound intensity level of 0 dB at 1,000 Hz corresponds to a maximum gauge pressure (sound amplitude) of , what is the maximum gauge pressure in a 60-dB sound? What is the maximum gauge pressure in a 120-dB sound?
An 8-hour exposure to a sound intensity level of 90 dB may cause hearing damage. What energy in joules falls on a 0.800-cm-diameter eardrum so exposed?
(a) Ear trumpets were never very common, but they did aid people with hearing losses by gathering sound over a large area and concentrating it on the smaller area of the eardrum. What decibel increase does an ear trumpet produce if its sound gathering area is and the area of the eardrum is but the trumpet only has an efficiency of 5 percent in transmitting the sound to the eardrum? (b) Comment on the usefulness of the decibel increase found in part (a).
Sound is more effectively transmitted into a stethoscope by direct contact than through the air, and it is further intensified by being concentrated on the smaller area of the eardrum. It is reasonable to assume that sound is transmitted into a stethoscope 100 times as effectively compared with transmission though the air. What, then, is the gain in decibels produced by a stethoscope that has a sound gathering area of and concentrates the sound onto two eardrums with a total area of with an efficiency of 40 percent?
Loudspeakers can produce intense sounds with surprisingly small energy input in spite of their low efficiencies. Calculate the power input needed to produce a 90-dB sound intensity level for a 12.0-cm-diameter speaker that has an efficiency of one percent. This value is the sound intensity level right at the speaker.
17.4 Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms
(a) What frequency is received by a person watching an oncoming ambulance moving at 110 km/h and emitting a steady 800-Hz sound from its siren? The speed of sound on this day is 345 m/s. (b) What frequency does she receive after the ambulance has passed?
(a) At an air show a jet flies directly toward the stands at a speed of 1,200 km/h, emitting a frequency of 3,500 Hz, on a day when the speed of sound is 342 m/s. What frequency is received by the observers? (b) What frequency do they receive as the plane flies directly away from them?
What frequency is received by a mouse just before being dispatched by a hawk flying at it at 25 m/s and emitting a screech of frequency 3,500 Hz? Take the speed of sound to be 331 m/s.
A spectator at a parade receives an 888-Hz tone from an oncoming trumpeter who is playing an 880-Hz note. At what speed is the musician approaching if the speed of sound is 338 m/s?
A commuter train blows its 200-Hz horn as it approaches a crossing. The speed of sound is 335 m/s. (a) An observer waiting at the crossing receives a frequency of 208 Hz. What is the speed of the train? (b) What frequency does the observer receive as the train moves away?
Can you perceive the shift in frequency produced when you pull a tuning fork toward you at 10.0 m/s on a day when the speed of sound is 344 m/s? To answer this question, calculate the factor by which the frequency shifts and see if it is greater than 0.300 percent.
Two eagles fly directly toward one another, the first at 15 m/s and the second at 20 m/s. Both screech, the first one emitting a frequency of 3,200 Hz and the second one emitting a frequency of 3,800 Hz. What frequencies do they receive if the speed of sound is 330 m/s?
What is the minimum speed at which a source must travel toward you for you to be able to hear that its frequency is Doppler shifted? That is, what speed produces a shift of 0.300 percent on a day when the speed of sound is 331 m/s?
17.5 Sound Interference and Resonance: Standing Waves in Air Columns
A showy custom-built car has two brass horns that are supposed to produce the same frequency but actually emit 263.8 and 264.5 Hz. What beat frequency is produced?
What beat frequencies will be present (a) If the musical notes A and C are played together (frequencies of 220 and 264 Hz)? (b) If D and F are played together (frequencies of 297 and 352 Hz)? (c) If all four are played together?
What beat frequencies result if a piano hammer hits three strings that emit frequencies of 127.8, 128.1, and 128.3 Hz?
A piano tuner hears a beat every 2 s when listening to a 264.0-Hz tuning fork and a single piano string. What are the two possible frequencies of the string?
(a) What is the fundamental frequency of a 0.672-m-long tube, open at both ends, on a day when the speed of sound is 344 m/s? (b) What is the frequency of its second harmonic?
If a wind instrument, such as a tuba, has a fundamental frequency of 32 Hz, what are its first three overtones? It is closed at one end. (The overtones of a real tuba are more complex than this example, because it is a tapered tube.)
What are the first three overtones of a bassoon that has a fundamental frequency of 90 Hz? It is open at both ends. (The overtones of a real bassoon are more complex than this example, because its double reed makes it act more like a tube closed at one end.)
How long must a flute be in order to have a fundamental frequency of 262 Hz (this frequency corresponds to middle C on the evenly tempered chromatic scale) on a day when air temperature is It is open at both ends.
What length should an oboe have to produce a fundamental frequency of 110 Hz on a day when the speed of sound is 343 m/s? It is open at both ends.
What is the length of a tube that has a fundamental frequency of 176 Hz and a first overtone of 352 Hz if the speed of sound is 343 m/s?
(a) Find the length of an organ pipe closed at one end that produces a fundamental frequency of 256 Hz when air temperature is (b) What is its fundamental frequency at
By what fraction will the frequencies produced by a wind instrument change when air temperature goes from to That is, find the ratio of the frequencies at those temperatures.
The ear canal resonates like a tube closed at one end. (See Figure 17.41.) If ear canals range in length from 1.80 to 2.60 cm in an average population, what is the range of fundamental resonant frequencies? Take air temperature to be which is the same as body temperature. How does this result correlate with the intensity versus frequency graph Figure 17.39 of the human ear?
Calculate the first overtone in an ear canal, which resonates like a 2.40-cm-long tube closed at one end, by taking air temperature to be Is the ear particularly sensitive to such a frequency? (The resonances of the ear canal are complicated by its nonuniform shape, which we shall ignore.)
A crude approximation of voice production is to consider the breathing passages and mouth to be a resonating tube closed at one end. (See Figure 17.32.) (a) What is the fundamental frequency if the tube is 0.240-m long, by taking air temperature to be (b) What would this frequency become if the person replaced the air with helium? Assume the same temperature dependence for helium as for air.
(a) Students in a physics lab are asked to find the length of an air column in a tube closed at one end that has a fundamental frequency of 256 Hz. They hold the tube vertically and fill it with water to the top, then lower the water while a 256-Hz tuning fork is rung and listen for the first resonance. What is the air temperature if the resonance occurs for a length of 0.336 m? (b) At what length will they observe the second resonance (first overtone)?
What frequencies will a 1.80-m-long tube produce in the audible range at if (a) The tube is closed at one end? (b) It is open at both ends?
The factor of in the range of intensities to which the ear can respond, from threshold to that causing damage after brief exposure, is truly remarkable. If you could measure distances over the same range with a single instrument and the smallest distance you could measure was 1 mm, what would the largest be?
The frequencies to which the ear responds vary by a factor of Suppose the speedometer on your car measured speeds differing by the same factor of , and the greatest speed it reads is 90 mi/h. What would be the slowest nonzero speed it could read?
What are the closest frequencies to 500 Hz that an average person can clearly distinguish as being different in frequency from 500 Hz? The sounds are not present simultaneously.
Can the average person tell that a 2,002-Hz sound has a different frequency than a 1,999-Hz sound without playing them simultaneously?
If your radio is producing an average sound intensity level of 85 dB, what is the next lowest sound intensity level that is clearly less intense?
Can you tell that your roommate turned up the sound on the TV if its average sound intensity level goes from 70 to 73 dB?
Based on the graph in Figure 17.38, what is the threshold of hearing in decibels for frequencies of 60, 400, 1,000, 4,000, and 15,000 Hz? Note that many AC electrical appliances produce 60 Hz, music is commonly 400 Hz, a reference frequency is 1000 Hz, your maximum sensitivity is near 4000 Hz, and many older TVs produce a 15,750 Hz whine.
What sound intensity levels must sounds of frequencies 60, 3,000, and 8,000 Hz have in order to have the same loudness as a 40-dB sound of frequency 1,000 Hz (that is, to have a loudness of 40 phons)?
What is the approximate sound intensity level in decibels of a 600-Hz tone if it has a loudness of 20 phons? If it has a loudness of 70 phons?
(a) What are the loudnesses in phons of sounds having frequencies of 200, 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000 Hz, if they are all at the same 60-dB sound intensity level? (b) If they are all at 110 dB? (c) If they are all at 20 dB?
Suppose a person has a 50-dB hearing loss at all frequencies. By how many factors of 10 will low-intensity sounds need to be amplified to seem normal to this person? Note that smaller amplification is appropriate for more intense sounds to avoid further hearing damage.
If a woman needs an amplification of times the threshold intensity to enable her to hear at all frequencies, what is her overall hearing loss in dB? Note that smaller amplification is appropriate for more intense sounds to avoid further damage to her hearing from levels above 90 dB.
(a) What is the intensity in watts per meter squared of a just barely audible 200-Hz sound? (b) What is the intensity in watts per meter squared of a barely audible 4,000-Hz sound?
(a) Find the intensity in watts per meter squared of a 60-Hz sound having a loudness of 60 phons. (b) Find the intensity in watts per meter squared of a 10,000-Hz sound having a loudness of 60 phons.
A person has a hearing threshold 10 dB above normal at 100 Hz and 50 dB above normal at 4,000 Hz. How much more intense must a 100-Hz tone be than a 4,000-Hz tone if they are both barely audible to this person?
A child has a hearing loss of 60 dB near 5,000 Hz, due to noise exposure, and normal hearing elsewhere. How much more intense is a 5,000-Hz tone than a 400-Hz tone if they are both barely audible to the child?
What is the ratio of intensities of two sounds of identical frequency if the first is just barely discernible as louder to a person than the second?
Unless otherwise indicated, for problems in this section, assume that the speed of sound through human tissues is 1540 m/s.
What is the sound intensity level in decibels of ultrasound of intensity used to pulverize tissue during surgery?
Is 155-dB ultrasound in the range of intensities used for deep heating? Calculate the intensity of this ultrasound and compare this intensity with values quoted in the text.
Find the sound intensity level in decibels of ultrasound used in medical diagnostics.
The time delay between transmission and arrival of the reflected wave of a signal using ultrasound traveling through a piece of fat tissue was 0.13 ms. At what depth did this reflection occur?
In the clinical use of ultrasound, transducers are always coupled to the skin by a thin layer of gel or oil, replacing the air that would otherwise exist between the transducer and the skin. (a) Using the values of acoustic impedance given in Table 17.8, calculate the intensity reflection coefficient between transducer material and air. (b) Calculate the intensity reflection coefficient between transducer material and gel, assuming for this problem that its acoustic impedance is identical to that of water. (c) Based on the results of your calculations, explain why the gel is used.
(a) Calculate the minimum frequency of ultrasound that will allow you to see details as small as 0.250 mm in human tissue. (b) What is the effective depth to which this sound is effective as a diagnostic probe?
(a) Find the size of the smallest detail observable in human tissue with 20-MHz ultrasound. (b) Is its effective penetration depth great enough to examine the entire eye (about 3 cm is needed)? (c) What is the wavelength of such ultrasound in air?
(a) Echo times are measured by diagnostic ultrasound scanners to determine distances to reflecting surfaces in a patient. What is the difference in echo times for tissues that are 3.50 and 3.60 cm beneath the surface? (This difference is the minimum resolving time for the scanner to see details as small as 0.100 cm, or 1 mm. Discrimination of smaller time differences is needed to see smaller details.) (b) Discuss whether the period of this ultrasound must be smaller than the minimum time resolution. If so, what is the minimum frequency of the ultrasound, and is that out of the normal range for diagnostic ultrasound?
(a) How far apart are two layers of tissue that produce echoes having round-trip times (used to measure distances) that differ by (b) What minimum frequency must the ultrasound have to see detail this small?
(a) A bat uses ultrasound to find its way among trees. If this bat can detect echoes 1 ms apart, what minimum distance between objects can it detect? (b) Could this distance explain the difficulty that bats have finding an open door when they accidentally get into a house?
A dolphin is able to tell in the dark that the ultrasound echoes received from two sharks come from two different objects only if the sharks are separated by 3.50 m, one being that much farther away than the other. (a) If the ultrasound has a frequency of 100 kHz, show this ability is not limited by its wavelength. (b) If this ability is due to the dolphin’s ability to detect the arrival times of echoes, what is the minimum time difference the dolphin can perceive?
A diagnostic ultrasound echo is reflected from moving blood and returns with a frequency 500 Hz higher than its original 2 MHz. What is the velocity of the blood? Assume that the frequency of 2 MHz is accurate to seven significant figures and 500 Hz is accurate to three significant figures.
Ultrasound reflected from an oncoming bloodstream that is moving at 30 cm/s is mixed with the original frequency of 2.50 MHz to produce beats. What is the beat frequency? Assume that the frequency of 2.50 MHz is accurate to seven significant figures.