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Homework Help: Frequency of horn

  1. May 26, 2008 #1
    There are two questions here:

    1st is...

    The velocity of sound in air is 343 m/s. A train moving away from a detector at 29 m/s blows a 350 Hz horn. What frequency is detected by a stationary train?

    I got the correct answer of 322.7 using dopplers equation.

    Now part 2 is...

    What frequency is detected by a train moving away from the first train at a speed of 15.6 m/s?

    Plugging in ---->

    f' = [350*343] / [343+15.6] = 334.77

    It seems correct to me, but when I submitted my answer online I was incorrect.

    Please help! Thanks!
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  3. May 26, 2008 #2
    Try and imagine how fast train number two is moving away from train number one i.e. work out train number one's velocity relative to train number two and use that in the equation.
  4. May 26, 2008 #3
    well train # 1 is going 29 m/s and train # 2 is going 15.6 m/s in opposite directions... that I know.

    So do I add 29 + 15.6 to get 44.6 m/s away from eachother...

    which when plugged in is:
    f' = [350*343] / [343+44.6] = 309.72

    Please advice. Thank you.
  5. May 26, 2008 #4
    Does my logic seem correct. Please lead me in the right direction. Thanks once again.
  6. May 26, 2008 #5
    Yes that looks right, is it not the right answer?
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