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Is max sound intensity at the displacement node in a standing wave?

  1. Jul 29, 2013 #1
    Good afternoon all

    My question is, when we observe stationary waves, and we know that at a certain point, the sound is maximum, is this the displacement node or the displacement antinode?

    I have read a few different sources and currently i have encountered both. To me it makes more sense that the high intensity points are displacement nodes, as these correspond to pressure antinodes and our ears respond to the pressure variations (compressions and rarefactions)

    if we consider two speakers facing each other and a stationary wave has been set up, nodes will be found at the loudspeakers and these are supposed to be displacement nodes. which supports what i think is the right explanation.
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