# Calculating Sound Power from Intensity and Distance

• shards5
In summary, the problem asks for the power radiated by a spherical source that has a sound intensity level of 100 dB at a distance of 9 m. Using the equations for decibels and intensity, the power is calculated to be 10.178 watts.
shards5

## Homework Statement

A spherical source radiates sound uniformly in all directions. At a distance of 9 m, the sound intensity level is 100 dB. What power is radiated by this source?

Just a simple answer check to see if my answer is reasonable.

## Homework Equations

$$\beta$$ = 10 db log (I/I0)
Intensity = power/area

## The Attempt at a Solution

First convert the given decibels to Intensity then convert the found intensity to power via the second equation.
100 dB = 10 dB log (I/(1*10^-12)
Divide by 10 on both sides.
10 = log ((I/(1*10^-12)
Raise both sides to the tenth power to get rid of log
1010 = (I/(1*10^-12))
Multiple both sides by 1*10-12 I get. . .
I = 0.01 (Can someone confirm that I doesn't have units?)
Plugging in I to the second equation I get. . .
0.01 = $$\frac{Power}{4*\pi*9^2}$$
Divide both sides by area I get Power. . .
Power = 10.178 (I know the units should be watt but if Intensity has no units and area only gives m2 then how do I get the units for watt? Does this mean this is wrong?)

Hello shards5,
shards5 said:
First convert the given decibels to Intensity then convert the found intensity to power via the second equation.
100 dB = 10 dB log (I/(1*10^-12)
Divide by 10 on both sides.
10 = log ((I/(1*10^-12)
Raise both sides to the tenth power to get rid of log
1010 = (I/(1*10^-12))
Multiple both sides by 1*10-12 I get. . .
I = 0.01 (Can someone confirm that I doesn't have units?)
It does have units! Here, your 1010 figure does not have units because it is a ratio of intensities in terms of power fluxes (a ratio of things with the same units has no units because the units cancel). But I0 Has units! That means your I = 0.01 has units too (which you should be able to figure out going forward from here).

The standard reference sound intensity is

I0 = 1 x 10-12 W/m2

(i.e. units of Watts per square meter).

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Ah, then the whole problem makes sense since m2 cancels out nicely at the end leaving me with just Watts. Thanks a lot!

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