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## Homework Statement

A driver of a car traveling towards a wall with a speed of 5m/s, sounds a horn of frequency 256 Hz. If speed of sound= 330m/s, find

a) No. of beats /sec if the observer is between the car and the wall.

b) No. of beats/sec if the car is between the wall the observer.

c) Frequency of reflected sound as heard by driver.

## Homework Equations

Velocity of observer =V

_{o}

Velocity of source =V

_{s}

Speed of sound= c

1) If source approaches observer

f' = (c/c-V

_{s})f

2) Source moves away from observer

f' = (c/c+V

_{s})/f

3) Source and observer move towards each other

f' = (c+V

_{o}/c-V

_{s})f

## The Attempt at a Solution

I have attempted all sections and have got the right answers. But I am still not convinced with which formulas I'm using.I have a little trouble identifying the source and it's details.

a) The observer hears the car on the left and the reflection from the wall on the right. I understand why we use 1) for the incident frequency but for the reflection, the source becomes the wall and it is at rest. So why do we use 1) again and find the frequency heard? Shouldn't it be just the reflected frequency,as it is, without any change?

b) We use 2) for the incident sound and 1) for the reflected sound. Applying the same argument as before, why do we use 1) for reflection?

c) So now the source and the observer are the same. And I get the right answer if I use 3). Again we seem to be considering the source as the wall and that the wall is moving towards us, when it is not.

I am missing some key points of importance here, and that's why it's a messed up. Please help me set my understanding right.