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Homework Help: Science Fiction Movie and sound waves

  1. Jan 9, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    In a science fiction movie, when a spaceship explodes, the vibrations from the sound nearly destroy a nearby spaceship. If you were the science consultant for the movie, what would your advice be for the producer?

    2. Relevant equations
    I don't think there are any

    3. The attempt at a solution
    This is more of a "what the heck are they referring to" kind of question. I don't understand what kind of advice they want in the answer.
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  3. Jan 9, 2009 #2


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    http://hypertextbook.com/physics/waves/sound/ [Broken]
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  4. Jan 9, 2009 #3
    The link wouldn't load for me,(apparently the The network link was interrupted while negotiating a connection. Please try again.) but it did inspire the idea of space being like a vacuum, and that sound cannot travel in it, so the explosion due to sound wouldn't happen. Thanks :)
  5. Jan 9, 2009 #4


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    That would be the idea.

    Good luck.
  6. Jan 9, 2009 #5


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    Making the word MEDIUM meaningful . . .
    If you want to make a water wave, you need water.
    If you want to make a rope wave, you need a _____
    If you want to make a sound wave, you need ______
  7. Jan 9, 2009 #6


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    Well, I don't know why everyone's conecntrating on sound. The pressure wave from expanding gases will do nicely.

    Perhaps the advice to the producer should be along the lines of "ensure you show an explosion with expanding gases".
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