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Homework Help: Speaker Sound waves

  1. Nov 26, 2007 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A pair of speakers separatd by .700m are driven by the same oscillator at a frequency of 690Hz. An observer originally positioned at one of the speakers begins to walk along a line perpindicular to the line joining the speakers. How far mus the observer walk before reaching a relative maximum in intensity

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    How do i figure out the r values when only one side is given? I know i should use the pythagorean theorem here. I also know a relative maximum is constructive interference so i will use a full integer for n. r2-r2=1(lambda). I'm not sure what i'm missing here.

    i have:

    suggestions would be appreciated.
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  3. Nov 26, 2007 #2


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    Let A an B are the positions of speakers and C is the position of the observer. When observer listenes maximum intensity, the path difference CB -CA = lamda = 0.5 m. According to pythagorean theorem CB^2 - CA^2 = AB^2. Solve these equations and find the distance CA of the observer.
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