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## I would like to start a discussion involving how sound works.

 Quote by ymalmsteen887 I dont see how this can be if air pressure is at rest and you disturb ityou would be changing the pressure, so if the string pushes against the air it compresses it and the other side of the string should create an area of less pressure so the surrounding greater pressure should travel to the area of lower pressure.
But that's not what you said initially.
 What about the enclosures people use for speakers isnt it to affectively create pressure if you put more air in an air tight room it would increase the pressure inside the room but if there was anyway for the air to get out it wouldnt contribute, this is what I was saying about the guitar string as well. Check out this link it shows what im talking about with the speaker and guitar string http://paws.kettering.edu/~drussell/Demos/rad2/mdq.html look at the dipole source. Not sure what you mean do you think you could explain it in terms of a water wave. When you push down on water you are essentialy adding more voluume to it but it doesnt affect the entire body of water at once so it spreads out to do this so if you took youre hand in and out of the water you are making a wave. So the peaks of the wave would be when add to the water.So what would a valley(or expansion by comparison)be?
A water wave is not the same as a sound wave. Do not confuse the two. One is transverse the other is longitudinal (I have asked you to read through the links).

Ignore the speaker stuff for now. Learn the basics - keep it simple.

 Quote by jarednjames But that's not what you said initially. A water wave is not the same as a sound wave. Do not confuse the two. One is transverse the other is longitudinal (I have asked you to read through the links). Ignore the speaker stuff for now. Learn the basics - keep it simple.
Actually according to that link you gave me a water wave is bothe transverse and longitudinal.

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 Quote by ymalmsteen887 Actually according to that link you gave me a water wave is bothe transverse and longitudinal.
You are describing a water wave as a sine wave - transverse wave. Sound is not a transverse wave and so you can't describe it the same way as water is displaced in peaks and troughs.

You can describe sound as it would be represented as a sine wave but can't compare the motion of water molecules to air particles.
 Ok here is what I know so far sound is a pressure wave which is molecules vibrating back and forth and the wave is measured by the distance between two compressed or expanded areas. Whats the next logical step before I can understand attenuation of different frequencies?

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 Quote by ymalmsteen887 Ok here is what I know so far sound is a pressure wave which is molecules vibrating back and forth and the wave is measured by the distance between two compressed or expanded areas. Whats the next logical step before I can understand attenuation of different frequencies?
Thermodynamics, maybe?

As the air molecules "pass the signal" to each other, they experience collisions with each other (which is how they transfer the information about the wave); they lose energy from these collisions and convert it to heat in their environment.

 Quote by jarednjames You are describing a water wave as a sine wave - transverse wave. Sound is not a transverse wave and so you can't describe it the same way as water is displaced in peaks and troughs. You can describe sound as it would be represented as a sine wave but can't compare the motion of water molecules to air particles.
Are you going to respond or are we finished here? I'm not impatient I just thought you were wating for me to ask another question cause I was asking for clarification on my last comment.

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 Ok here is what I know so far sound is a pressure wave which is molecules vibrating back and forth and the wave is measured by the distance between two compressed or expanded areas.
Correct
 Whats the next logical step before I can understand attenuation of different frequencies?
As per pythagoreans response.

 Quote by jarednjames Correct As per pythagoreans response.
Well I mean can you explain it or are you telling me to read a book on it? I want to keep it simple right now.