Sound Waves from a loudspeaker

  • Thread starter Lipd
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I've been stuck on this one problem for a bit, any help is really appreciated.

"A loudspeaker is placed between two observers who are 110m apart, along the line connecting them. If one observer records a sound level of 60.0 dB and the other records a sound level of 80.0dB, how far is the speaker from each observer?"

I've been having a tough time grasping sound waves in general actually. These problems usually take me alot longer than the previous chapter on wave motion. So I was also wondering if anyone knew some good help sites with sound waves, I seem to only find ones with formula's on them.
 

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Loren Booda
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My guess is that the decibel scale was created for just such a problem. That is,

80~P/x3.2 and 60~P/(110-x)3.2

where P is the power at the speaker, x is the distance for the 80dB observer, (110-x) for the 60dB observer, and the approximation that the sound intensity drops off as the 3.2 power of distance is assumed. (Remember, 23.2=10) Solve the two equations by eliminating P.
 
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thanks alot!
 
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Loren Booda
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I hope I'm right, Lipd.
 

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