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Homework Help: Maximum sound and wave problem

  1. Jun 9, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Speakers L_1 and L_2 are placed at a 2 m distance from each other. The speakers send out soundwaves that are in the same phase and the loudness (?) is examined in the point P (see figure). The velocity of the sound is 343 m/s and the distance L_2P is 6 m.


    L_2 P (right triangle)

    a)Which is the lowest frequency that causes a maximum in P?

    b)Which is the highest frequency that causes a minimum in the point P?

    Answer is 1060 and 528 Hz.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    With maximum, do they mean that both the sound waves should have antinodes at the same time in P? I've been trying different ways but I'm not getting it.
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  3. Jun 9, 2014 #2
    Maximum means constructive interference . The waves travel different distances while reaching point P . What should be the path difference if the waves were to interfere constructively ?
  4. Jun 9, 2014 #3
    Got it, in a) lambda is 2sqrt(10)-6, in b) that is lambda/2. Understand now. Interference could be constructive without being maximum though, maximum is optimal constructive interference I guess. Thanks for the help!
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