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2 seperate sounds

  1. Feb 12, 2008 #1
    If 2 sounds of similar freq are emited from the same source you get beats, but what happens if two sounds of similar freq are emited from separate sources. I realise that its just superposition but i can't figure out what it would be like in the space between the two sources.
    Im happy to initially assume that the 2 amplitude are the same and only consider the 2d plane between the two sources.
    Is this easy to solve?
    Is this problem best considerd in vector fields? if so then how?
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  3. Feb 12, 2008 #2

    Doc Al

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    The two frequencies do not have to be from the same source to get beats.
  4. Feb 12, 2008 #3


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    Beats happen because of constructive and destructive interference. You can describe the sound pressure level from each source as a function of time and space. If the sources are not in the same place then you will have an interesting interference pattern in space, but even so if you listen for a while at any single point you will hear the beat frequency.
  5. Feb 12, 2008 #4
    Again there will be beats. An everyday illustration: Go somewhere where you can watch musicians manually tuning instruments, with respect to another instrument. The standard or reference instrument is one source, and the one being tuned is another, separated by some space. Tuning is done, the beats are gone - and as soon as beats are gone, they know, it's tuned

    Last edited: Feb 12, 2008
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