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I What do the sound waves look like after Mach 1?

  1. Mar 22, 2017 #1
    I get from pictures that the waves in front of the craft get closer and closer together until at Mach 1 they are on top of each other and boom!

    after that, the sound waves form a cone... what is that? is that the head of each wave being produced behind the previous wave and then blasting through it as the plane pushes through each sound wave?

    the cone gets pointier as the craft moves faster. Does the sound get louder as the the plane pushes sound waves through more previous ones, or are the sound waves just stretched farther apart only.

    I am imagining the Doppler effect would stretch the cone like it does the waves prior. But that is just a guess on my part.
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  3. Mar 22, 2017 #2
  4. Mar 22, 2017 #3
    I had heard of the term before, but I always put it in that category with fictional scientific terms such as "flux capacitor" and so forth.
    Should be doing homework right now, but everything else in Physics is always more interesting that what I am supposed to be doing ;)
  5. Mar 23, 2017 #4
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