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Lab reportRichard ElliotTitle: Calculating the Speed of SoundIntroduction:The purpose of this experiment is to measure the speed of sound in air using the resonance of longitudinal waves, learn about sound and how it travels, learn how the speed of sound varies in different materials and learn about resonance and how to detect when it occurs. Procedure:For this experiment I will be using a tuning fork, water glass, plastic tubing, thermometer,and a ruler. Assume that this experiment is tested at an ambient temperature of 20° C, so the velocity for sound traveling in air is 343 m/s. If you want to be more accurate, you can use the formula to estimate the speed of sound at other temperatures.Fill a water glass, approximately 17 cm high, with tap water. The glass needs to be wide enoughto hold the plastic pipe.Allow the tap water to equilibrate to ambient temperature. Use a thermometer to measure both the room temperature and the water; when they are the same temperature the water is equilibrated.