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Speed of Sound Calculations. Confused. 
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Sep1210, 03:48 PM

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
We have to prove the speed of sound using a ultrasound emitter, connected to EasySense software which records the speed for it to travel to surface and back. Known data  Speed of sound is 337 metres a second at 20 degrees celcius. Also, the distance covered is, 3.4m or 6.8m there and back. The time is 0.010837 micro seconds. Microseconds are 1 x 10^6. All answers must be given with a + . 2. Relevant equations Speed = Distance / Time 3. The attempt at a solution Time: 10897 + 14 (microsecs) Dist: 6.8 + 0.014 (metres) Convert microseconds into seconds. 10897 / 1000 and then /1000 again. = 0.010897 seconds Speed = 6.8 / 0.010897 = 624.024961 metres per second. Obviously, this is nearly double the actual speed of sound. Was I not meant to double the distance? But I'm pretty sure the time is for there and back so double distance was needed. Have I forgotten anything? Of course, there is a chance the Ultrasound was reflecting from a place not wanted, causing the distance to not be true. Help much appreciated. 


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Sep1310, 03:10 PM

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