# Interference wave have solution need explanation

1. Jul 31, 2009

### Puchinita5

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
In Fig. 17-35, sound with a 46.4 cm wavelength travels rightward from a source and through a tube that consists of a straight portion and a half-circle. Part of the sound wave travels through the half-circle and then rejoins the rest of the wave, which goes directly through the straight portion. This rejoining results in interference. What is the smallest radius r (cm) that results in an intensity minimum at the detector? (Take the speed of sound to be 343 m/s.)

2. Relevant equations

http://edugen.wiley.com/edugen/courses/crs1650/art/qb/qu/c17/pict_17_34.gif
3. The attempt at a solution

i have the solution...what i don't understand is WHY the path length difference equals 23.2??? don't see how or why it's half the wavelength???

2. Jul 31, 2009

### Hootenanny

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HINT: A minimum means that destructive interference has occured ...