Deriving the Speed of Sound

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Julian Hart Professor Holt Acoustics January 26, 2009 Deriving the Speed of Sound in Air Before we begin thinking about an experiment to measure the speed of sound we have to understand the principles of sound. To further my knowledge about the sound I went to the Engineering Library and read the introduction of several books about the topic of acoustics and sounds. The reason why I stopped after the introduction is because the material got difficult to understand and I could not conceptualize the complexity of sound. The introduction usually had four general properties of sound so I decided to start there. First sound is a vibration the travels through a medium. Second sound can travel through different mediums including air, solids, and liquids. Third sound has different properties that change how humans perceive sound like frequency and amplitude. And finally sound cannot travel through a vacuum. In class we experimented with changing the frequency of sound and concluded
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This note was uploaded on 07/19/2010 for the course EK 211 taught by Professor Attaway during the Spring '10 term at BU.

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