Two tuning forks are producing sounds of wavelength

In summary, two tuning forks can produce sounds of different wavelengths due to their physical characteristics. These characteristics, such as length and thickness, also affect the wavelength of the sound waves they produce. Despite having different wavelengths, the sounds produced by two tuning forks can have the same pitch because pitch is determined by the frequency of the sound waves, not the wavelength. Two tuning forks can also demonstrate the concept of interference by creating a beat frequency when struck simultaneously. Lastly, two tuning forks with the same frequency can produce sounds of different wavelengths due to other factors such as material and physical characteristics.
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Two tuning forks are producing sounds of wavelength 36.0 cm and 33.8 cm simultaneously. How many beats do you hear each second?



I know that the # of beats/sec heard is equal to the difference of frequency 2 and 1. Frequency = 1/T = v/lambda.



Don't feel that I have enough information
 
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Start by figuring out the frequencies of those sounds. Hint: You'll need the speed of sound.
 
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Okay, so the speed of sound v=345 m/s
F1 = 345m/s / .36m
=958 Hz

F2 = 345m/s / .338m
=1020.7 Hz

so then beats/second = 1020.7-958??
=63 beats/second
 
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Sounds about right.
 

1. How do two tuning forks produce sounds of different wavelengths?

Two tuning forks produce sounds of different wavelengths because they have different physical characteristics, such as length and thickness, which affect the frequency and wavelength of the sound waves they produce.

2. What factors affect the wavelength of sound produced by two tuning forks?

The wavelength of sound produced by two tuning forks is affected by the physical characteristics of the forks, such as length and thickness, as well as the material they are made of and the force used to strike them.

3. Why do the sounds produced by two tuning forks have the same pitch if they have different wavelengths?

Despite having different wavelengths, the sounds produced by two tuning forks can have the same pitch because pitch is determined by the frequency of the sound waves, not the wavelength. The frequency of a sound wave is the number of complete wavelengths that pass a point in one second.

4. How can two tuning forks be used to demonstrate the concept of interference?

Two tuning forks can be used to demonstrate the concept of interference by holding them close to each other and striking them simultaneously. This will create a phenomenon called "beat frequency" where the sound waves from the two forks overlap and create a new, pulsing sound due to constructive and destructive interference.

5. Can two tuning forks with the same frequency produce sounds of different wavelengths?

Yes, two tuning forks with the same frequency can produce sounds of different wavelengths. This is because the wavelength of a sound wave is affected by factors such as the physical characteristics of the tuning forks and the material they are made of, not just the frequency. Therefore, two tuning forks with the same frequency can have different wavelengths if they have different physical characteristics.

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