Waves, Sound and Light: Light Waves

Light Waves: Audio Guided Solution

Problem 14:

Two audio speakers have been arranged in a large room so as to produce a sound interference pattern. Miguel starts at a position on the central antinodal line and begins to slowly walk parallel to the imaginary line connecting the speakers. Miguel stops at the first position of minimum loudness. At this position, he is a distance of 17.9 m from the nearest speaker. Sound waves travel through the room at 345 m/s and the speakers are sounding out a frequency of 244 Hz.
a. Determine the wavelength of the sound waves.
b. Determine the distance from Miguel to the furthest speaker.

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