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Intensely Loud Question~H/w check

  1. Apr 10, 2005 #1
    at certain point the intensity of the wave is 5mw/cm. How intense would it be at a distance twice as far away. and find the dB level of the waves loudness according to the first.

    For the intensity since it is twice as far away i found out that it is 1/4 as intense so i got an intensity of 1.25mw/cm.
    For dB I used the 10log*I2/I1, and got -6.02, or 6.02 depending on how you look at it. Do these answers sound right?? thanx
     
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  3. Apr 10, 2005 #2

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    Intensity goes as 1/r2, so the first part is right. If you're looking for the difference in decibel level, the second part looks right as well. If you're looking for absolute decibel levels, you need to consider it relative to the standard:

    [tex]I_0=10^{-12}~W/m^2[/tex]
     
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