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Destructive Interference

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Homework Statement



Two loudspeakers, A and B, are driven by the same amplifier and emit sinusoidal waves in phase. The frequency of the waves emitted by each speaker is 172 Hz. You are 8.00 m from speaker A. Take the speed of sound in air to be 344 m/s.

What is the closest you can be to speaker B and be at a point of destructive interference?
Express your answer in meters.

Homework Equations



[itex] f = \frac{v}{\lambda}[/itex]
[itex] \frac{\Delta L}{\lambda} = .5,1.5,2.5,...[/itex]

The Attempt at a Solution



[itex] \lambda = 344/172 = 2 [/itex]

[itex] 1/2 = .5 => Ans:[/itex]1m

The odd thing is that it tells you the distance you are from A but wants to know how close you can get to B but you don't know the distance between the two.

The answer is 1, since that would give you 1/2 = .5 but that seems like to me that you're 1m away from A, since we don't know how close we are to B
 

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TSny
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It might help to use more explicit notation for the various distances. Let ##d_A## be your distance from speaker A and ##d_B## your distance from speaker B. You are given ##d_A = 8##m, but let's keep using the symbol ##d_A##. We can plug in numbers later.

You wrote ##\frac{\Delta L}{\lambda} = .5, 1.5, 2.5, ...##.

You can write this as ##\frac{\Delta L}{\lambda} = (n+\frac{1}{2})## where ##n = 0, 1, 2, ...##.

Can you express this equation in terms of the symbols ##d_A## and ##d_B##?
 

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