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Solved Examples on Waves & Sound Waves

Question 1:- A sound wave of 42.0-cm wavelength enters the tube shown in the below figure. What must be the smallest radius r such that a minimum will be heard at the detector?

                                 
Concept:

A minimum sound will be heard at the detector if the sound waves coming from the curve part and the straight part is equal to the half the wavelength of the sound waves.

Solution:

The corresponding figure of the sound waves in the passing through the curve part and straight part is shown below:
                                    

Consider the sound waves start from the point A. The sound waves will meet at the point B and interfere and can be detected.

The path length of the sound waves passing through the curve is equal to half the circle having radius r centered at C.

Thus, the path length of the sound waves in the curve part is

L1 = πr

The path length of the sound in the tube ABC is equal to the diameter of the circle having radius r centered at C. So, the path length of the sound waves traveling in it is

L2 = 2r

Now, the path difference of the sound waves at the point C is

Δp = L1- L2

     = πr – 2r

     = (π – 2)r

For the sound to be heard minimum at the detector, the difference in path length of the sound waves is

Δp = λ/2

Insert Δp = (π – 2)r in the above equation gives

Δp = λ/2

(π – 2)r = λ/2

r = λ/[2(π-2)]

Substitute 42.0 cm  forλ  in the above equation gives

r = λ/[2(π-2)]

  = [(42.0 cm) (10-2 m/1 cm)]/2(3.14-2)

 = 18.421×10-2 m

Rounding off to three significant figures, the smallest radius of the curve part of the tube to be heard minimum sound at the detector is 18.4×10-2 m.

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Question 2:- Two stereo loud speakers are separated by a distance of 2.12 m. Assume that the amplitude of the sound from each speaker is approximately the same at the position of a listener, who is 3.75 m directly in front one of the speakers; see below figure. (a) For what frequencies in the audible range (20-20,000 Hz) will there be a minimum signal? (b) For what frequencies is the sound a maximum?

                  
Concept:

The signal observed will be minimum when the path difference between the signals from the sources is equal to half integral multiple of the wavelength.

The signal observed will be maximum when the path difference between the signals from the sources is equal to the integral multiple of the wavelength.

Solution:

(a) The corresponding figure for the signals coming from the sources is shown below: 

                                     

From the figures, the two speaker are labeled as S1 and S2. The listener is labeled as O.

From the triangle S1 S2O, the path S1O is

S1O = √[(S1 S2)2 + (S2O)2]

       = √[(2.12 m)2 + (3.75 m)2]

      = 4.3078 m

Now, the path difference between the signal coming from the speakers S1 and S2 is

Δp = S1O - S2O

     = 4.31 m – 3.75 m

     = 0.56 m

The signal observed by the listener will be minimum when the path difference is equal to the half integral multiple of the wavelength λ.

Δp = (n - ½ ) λ

Here, n = 1,2,3….

The wavelength of the sound wave is

λ = v/f

Here, speed of the sound waves is  and frequency of the sound wave is f.

Insert λ = v/f in the equation Δp = (n - ½ ) λ gives

Δp = (n - ½ ) λ

     = (n - ½ ) (v/f)

f = (n - ½ ) (vp)

The speed of the sound waves in air at room temperature is 343 m/s.

Substitute 343 m/s  forv and 0.56 m for Δp in the equation  f = (n - ½ ) (vp) gives 

f = (n - ½ ) (vp)

 = (n - ½ ) [(343 m/s)/(0.56 m)] (1 Hz.s)

  = (n – ½) 612.5 Hz

Rounding off to three significant figures, the frequencies of the speakers should

(n – ½) 613 Hz for the single to be minimum.

(b) The signal observed by the listener will be maximum when the path difference is equal to the integral multiple of the wavelength λ.

Δp =

Here, n = 1,2,3…..

The wavelength of the sound wave is

λ = v/f

Here, speed of the sound waves is v and frequency of the sound wave is f.

Insert λ = v/f  in the equation Δp = gives

Δp =

     = n (v/f )

f = n (v/ Δp)

The speed of the sound waves in air at room temperature is 343 m/s.

Substitute 343 m/s for v and 0.56 m for Δp  in the equation f = n (v/ Δp), gives

f = n (v/ Δp)

 = n [(343 m/s)/(0.56 m)] (1 Hz.s)

 = n (612.5 Hz)

Rounding off to three significant figures, the frequencies of the speakers should

n (613 Hz) for the single to be maximum.

Question 3:- S in below figure is a small loudspeaker driven by an audio oscillator and amplifier, adjustable in frequency from 1000 to 2000 Hz only. D is a piece of cylindrical sheet metal pipe 45.7 cm long and opens at both ends. (a) At what frequencies will resonance occur when the frequency emitted by the speaker is varied from 1000 to 2000 Hz? (b) Sketch the displacement nodes for each resonance. Neglect end effects.

                                      
Concept:

The given cylindrical sheet metal pipe is equivalent to open tube pipes.

The resonant frequency of the open tube pipe is

fn = n (v/2L)

Here, n = 1,2,3…..., speed of the sound in the tube is v and length of the tube is L.

For corresponding frequencies emitted by the small loudspeaker, the tube will resonate.

Solution:

(a) The speed of the sound in air at room temperature is 343 m/s.

Substitute 343 m/s  forv and 45.7 cm for  in the equation fn = n (v/2L) gives

fn = n [v/2L]

  = n  [ (343 m/s)/2 (45.7 cm) (10-2 m/1 cm)]

   = n (375.275/s) (1 Hz.s)

   = n (375.275 Hz)



For the first harmonic, insert n = 1 in the equation fn = n (375.275...

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