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Chapter 13: Sound. Camila Enríquez Juliana Borrero. Objective :. Understand the production of sound waves, compare the speed of sound in different situations, and recognize the Doppler effect. Relate frequency to pitch, identify intensity, and decibel level.

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Chapter 13 sound

Chapter 13:Sound

Camila Enríquez

Juliana Borrero



Understand the production of sound waves, compare the speed of sound in different situations, and recognize the Doppler effect.

Relate frequency to pitch, identify intensity, and decibel level.

Approach the perception of loudness, and resonance.

Calculate harmonics and differentiate between the harmonic series of closed and open pipes.

Enduring understandings

Enduring understandings:

Sound waves are longitudinal. (sine curve)

Frequency determines pitch

Sound waves disperse in 3D

Doppler Effect: relative motion creates a change in frequency.

Intensity in decibels

Length of vibrating string and vibrating air column will affect harmonic series frequencies.

The doppler effect

The Doppler Effect

Australian physicist Christian Doppler

The ambulance is moving toward the woman, so the frequency heard by the woman is greater than the ambulance frequency.

When the source that emits the sound (this case the ambulance) is approaching you the wave you receive will be in a higher frecuency (shorter wave lenght). If the source is leaving you, then you will receive a lower frequency wave (longer wavelenght.)

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Remember: the speed of sound waves DOES NOT change.

Sound intensity and resonance

Sound Intensity and Resonance

  • Intensity: the rate of energy flow through a unit area of the plane wave.

  • In spherical waves, area = 4πr²

  • Intensity of sound wave decreases as distance from the source increases.

    • Same amount of energy spread over a larger area.



  • In the strings of stringed instruments, the ends are not able to vibrate, but the center has a lot of displacement.

    • Ends are nodes, and the center is an antinode

  • The distance from one node to the next is always half a wavelength.

    • Wavelength is twice the string length.

  • The speed of waves is the frequency times the wavelength.

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  • Frequency is inversely proportional to wavelength.

    • fundamental frequency is the lowest possible frequency of a standing wave.

  • The fundamental frequency can be varied by changing the string length.

    • E.g. If the string is divided in half by another node, the wavelength will be half as the one before and thus the frequency will be doubled.

  • In a harmonic series, the fundamental frequency is the first harmonic (f1), the next one is the second harmonic (f2), and so on.

Standing waves in an air column

Standing waves in an air column

  • Standing Waves (stationary waves): On a tube/pipe some waves travel down the tube, others are reflected back upward. The combination of the waves traveling up and down the tube are what we call standing waves.

  • If both ends of a pipe are open, all harmonics are present

    • E.g. trumpet, saxophone, pipes of an organ.

  • Each end of the pipe is an antinode.

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  • Fundamental frequency of a stringed instrument can vary by changing the length of the vibrating air column.

  • If one end of a pipe is closed, only odd harmonics are present

    • One end is a node, the other is an antinode.

    • The simplest standing wave is ¼ of a wavelength

    • ¾ of a wavelength are still on the pipe.

  • The frequency of this harmonic is 3 times the fundamental frequency.

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  • Harmonics account for sound quality or timbre.

    • Timbre (sound quality) is the characteristic sound of an instrument, produced by a mixture of harmonics; it’s the spectrum of the sound.

  • In chromatic musical scale: 12 notes, each with different frequencies. The 13th note’s frecuency is exactly twice of the 1st note’s (octaves, n).

Sound barrier

Sound Barrier

  • Thesoundbarrierreferstothepoint in whichanaircraftmovesfrom a transonic (a point in which air surroundstheaircraft) to a supersonicspeed.

  • Approximatelyvelocityis 343 m/s.




  • Holt Physics Textbook Chapter 13

  • Wikipedia,


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