Sound Physics: Reflection, Waves, and Frequency

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What type of reflection occurs when the sound wave is scattered in different directions?

Diffuse Reflection

What is the distance between two consecutive identical points on the wave?

Wavelength

What is the term for the original sound wave reflected back to the listener?

Direct Echo

What type of wave has particle motion perpendicular to the direction of propagation?

Transverse Wave

What is the measure of the maximum displacement of the wave from its equilibrium position?

Amplitude

What is the perceived highness or lowness of a sound, dependent on frequency?

Pitch

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Sound Physics

Reflection and Echo

  • Definition: When a sound wave hits a surface, it bounces back, creating an echo.
  • Types of Reflection:
    • Specular Reflection: Like a mirror reflection, where the angle of incidence equals the angle of reflection.
    • Diffuse Reflection: Where the sound wave is scattered in different directions.
  • Echoes:
    • Direct Echo: The original sound wave reflected back to the listener.
    • Indirect Echo: A secondary echo that bounces off multiple surfaces before returning to the listener.

Sound Waves

  • Definition: A mechanical wave that propagates through a medium, transferring energy from one point to another.
  • Characteristics:
    • Amplitude: The maximum displacement of the wave from its equilibrium position.
    • Wavelength: The distance between two consecutive identical points on the wave.
    • Frequency: The number of oscillations per second, measured in Hertz (Hz).
    • Speed: The distance traveled by the wave per unit time, dependent on the medium.
  • Types of Sound Waves:
    • Longitudinal Waves: Compression and rarefaction of particles in the direction of propagation.
    • Transverse Waves: Particle motion perpendicular to the direction of propagation.

Frequency and Pitch

  • Frequency: The number of oscillations per second, measured in Hertz (Hz).
  • Pitch: The perceived highness or lowness of a sound, dependent on frequency.
  • Relationship:
    • Higher Frequency: Higher pitch.
    • Lower Frequency: Lower pitch.
  • Human Hearing Range: 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz.

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