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Water to air

  1. Oct 25, 2013 #1
    can sound travel from a body of water to air?
    if so, what might it look like?
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  3. Oct 25, 2013 #2
    of course it does!
    any data is greatly appreciated.
  4. Oct 25, 2013 #3


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    Yes, a sound can travel from water to air. Sound is invisible, so you could not see it.

    The reverse is also true: sound can travel from air to water. And, you cannot see that, either.

    Do you have a more specific question?

  5. Oct 25, 2013 #4
    The speed of sound in water is considerably greater than in air. So you get a lot of reflection at the air-water surface. By Snell's law, sound going from water to air will be refracted toward the surface normal, so sound coming from the water into the air will be mostly directed upward, I think.
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