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Sound Intensity and Human threshold for hearing

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Feb10-08, 11:53 AM
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Is it possible to have a negative sound intensity level?
A sound that is below the threshold of human hearing has......

(A) a negative intensity level (in dB).
(B) a negative intensity (in W/m^2 ).
(C) an intensity level of zero.
(D)an intensity level less than 1 dB , but greater than 0.

I think I know the answer but I don't want to guess wrong and lose points.

Does it have to do with anything like I/Io or I=power/area ??

I think the answers is A or B..but I don't see the difference in between dB and W/m^2 i thought they are the same thing.
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Feb10-08, 02:08 PM
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I think you're confusing yourself. Look at the units in answers A and B and ask yourself how each could physically be negative.

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