An explosion occurs at the end of a pier. The sound reaches the other end of the pier by traveling through three media: air, fresh water, and a slender metal handrail. The speeds of sound in air, water, and the handrail are 343, 1482, and 5040 m/s, respectively. The sound travels a distance of 150 m in each medium.
(a) Through which medium does the sound arrive first, second, and third?
(b) After the first sound arrives, how much later do the second and third sounds arrive?
The Attempt at a Solution
We just started going over waves and sound so I'm not sure how to figure out this problem.
For part (a) I figured out that the sounds arrives first at the steel handrail, then freshwater then air.
For part (b) I don't know how to figure that out. I tried just doing how many seconds it would take to travel 150m for each substance, but I don't think that's right.