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Relationship between temperature and wavelength?

  1. Feb 24, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A tuning fork with a frequency of 420 Hz emits sound with a wavelength of 0.82 m in air. If the temperature of the air increases, what will happen to the wavelength and why?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know temperature affects speed but I am not so sure how it affects wavelength.
    When the temperature increases the speed will increase, therefore the wavelength will increase because the particles are spread apart? ( Just a thought)

    Please explain, any help appreciated!
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  3. Feb 24, 2016 #2


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    You did not list the Relevant Equation that relates wave speed, wavelength and frequency. Use the units of the quantities to help you write the equation without looking it up... :smile:
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