# Doppler Effect - Question

#### Sheen91

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

An ambulance with a siren emitting a whine at 1530 Hz overtakes and passes a cyclist pedaling a bike at 2.22 m/s. After being passed, the cyclist hears a frequency of 1519 Hz. How fast is the ambulance moving? (Take the speed of sound in air to be 343 m/s.)

2. Relevant equations

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3. The attempt at a solution

Since both the cyclist and the ambulance is moving it is slightly confusing for me.

I have tried this question multiple times but am unable to get the right answer.

I tried to the question where the ambulance is moving and the cyclist is stationary and then just add the velocity of the cyclist onto the velocity I get for the ambulance.

This is what i tried :

It is wrong but if someone is able to tell me what I did wrong that would be great.

Cheers
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

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#### Delphi51

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There is an error in the formula you are using. According to my text
it should be f' = f*v/(u + v)
where v is the speed of sound and u the speed at which the source is moving away from the observer. It comes out to 2.48, to which the 2.2 must be added.

#### Sheen91

So is the speed of the ambulance would be 2.48 + 2.2 = 4.68 m/s ??

Nice its right :D

Thanks

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