# ï“ Measuring Acoustic Wavelength and Velocity Diva, Tama & Hafiz

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- Measuring Acoustic Wavelength and Velocity Diva, Tama & Hafiz
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- Introduction Wave properties: Wavelength ( ): parallel displacement in one cycle. Amplitude ( a ): maximum perpendicular displacement. Period ( t ): time taken for one cycle. Frequency ( f ): cycles undergone per unit time. Velocity ( v ): linear displacement per unit time.
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- Resonance principle Every half a cycle, a wave reaches its amplitude. When the amplitude of a sound wave makes contact with a physical barrier (e.g. the inside of a tube), it amplifies the sounds intensity. This effect is called resonance.
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- Hypothesis The relationship between velocity, wavelength and frequency is defined as v = f By generating a sound wave with a constant frequency and finding its wavelength through the points of resonance, we might be able to find the speed of sound through a medium using a derivative of the above formula.
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- Materials Biuret Tuning forks (216 Hz, 288 Hz, 512 Hz) Bucket Retort stand
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- Procedure 1. Fill the biuret to the brim with tap water. 2. Tap the tuning fork on a hard surface and listen to its vibration as closely to the surface as possible. 3. Open the biuret and let the water flow out. When the water level reaches a point of resonance, the note should be momentarily amplified. 4. Rinse and repeat until no further resonance is heard.
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- Assuming that the sound wave experiences resonance every half a cycle, l 2 l 1 = /2 Where l = distance of a given resonance point from the surface.
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- Sources of error Irregular water flow External disturbances Tuning fork vibration frequency not necessarily the same as the sound wave generated Human error False positives Mistiming Zero error/parallax
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- Results 216 Hz Nodistance from opening (cm) Test 1Test 2 1 10.26.0 212.39.5 315.012.6 417.116.5 522.220.2 623.1 724.6 l 2 l 1 = 2.1 cm, 3.5 cm Calculated length: 4.2 cm, 7.0 cm Mean result: 5.6 cm Calculated velocity: 12.096 ms -1 Average difference: 3.0 cm, 3.1 cm Avg. calculated length: 6.0 cm, 6.2 cm Mean result: 6.1 cm Calculated velocity: 13.176 ms -1
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- 288 Hz Nodistance from opening (cm) Test 1Test 2 1 3.07.6 26.110.3 38.514.6 411.217.9 513.120.7 614.524.4 719.526.2 823.7 928.8 l 2 l 1 = 3.1 cm, 2.7 cm Calculated length: 6.2 cm, 5.4 cm Mean result: 5.8 cm Calculated velocity: 16.704 ms -1 Average difference: 3.7 cm, 3.1 cm Avg. calculated length: 7.4 cm, 6.2 cm Mean result: 6.8 cm Calculated velocity: 19.584 ms -1
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- 512 Hz Nodistance from opening (cm) Test 1Test 2 1 5.916.6 210.522.3 313.028.7 415.031.6 521.034.0 623.043.7 726.0 828.3 l 2 l 1 = 4.6 cm, 5.7 cm Calculated length: 9.2 cm, 11.4 cm Mean result: 10.3 cm Calculated velocity: 52.736 ms -1 Average difference: 3.2 cm, 5.4 cm Avg. calculated length: 6.4 cm, 10.8 cm Mean result: 8.1 cm Calculated velocity: 41.472 ms -1
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- Observation The values calculated were much lower than the known speed of sound in air (334.2 m/s) This might be due to the experiment method, which depends on human hearing to take readings and is therefore prone to human error.
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- Conclusion Though the concept is sound, a more reliable method of measurement is required to achieve proper results. Hence, this lab session is inconclusive.
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- References Brian Arnold et al. International A/AS-Level Physics. London: Hodder Education, 2008. Sound Waves. Rice University Web Services. Rice University, n.d.

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