Register to reply 
Finding height of a well using speed of soundby barge56
Tags: height of well 
Share this thread: 
#1
Sep209, 12:15 PM

P: 1

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The problem is you drop a coin into a well then 3 second later you hear the splash. With this information find out the height of the well. Assume 343 m/s is the speed of sound and neglect any effects due to air resistance. g = acceleration due to gravity = 9.8 m/s^2 v0 = initial velocity = 0 m/s v1 = final velocity H = height t1 = initial time = 0 s t2 = time at final velocity 2. Relevant equations H = (v0^2  v1^2)/2g v1 = v0  g(t2  t1) 3. The attempt at a solution Reduced equation to H = v0^2/2g and found v0 to be 9.8m/s^2(3s  343m/s(t2)) I'm mainly having trouble trying to find out how much time was taken off for the sound of the splash reaching you. Any help is appreciated. 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution 


#2
Sep209, 12:42 PM

Mentor
P: 41,316

(1) The time it takes for the coin to reach the water (2) The time it takes for the sound to go from the water to the top of the well For the second time, realize that sound travels at a constant speed. 


#3
Sep209, 06:35 PM

P: 179

The coin falls down to the bottom of the well in time [tex]t_1[/tex]. The sound travels up, at velocity s, to your ear in time [tex]t_2[/tex]. Now we can write 3 basic equations.
<< equations deleted by berkeman >> We have three unknowns and threee equations, that means that we can solve and figure out h. 


Register to reply 
Related Discussions  
Finding speed of sound in an object  Introductory Physics Homework  2  
Finding Height  Introductory Physics Homework  1  
Finding the height of oil?  Introductory Physics Homework  1  
Finding Range, Max Height and Speed of Projectile  Introductory Physics Homework  4  
Speed of sound and sound detection lag between ears  Introductory Physics Homework  5 