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What happens when an explosion begins

  1. Mar 11, 2012 #1
    There is a saying that two kind of waves are generated when an explosion happens. one moves slow which can carry the object away .when someone fires with a pistol, the bullet is pushed by this kind of wave . the other is different , it move fast ,maybe at 8000m/s.
    I wondered how this is possible. Can anyone explained it in a understanding way?
    I only knows the basics about physics. and thanks for a little reference , for example ,some terminology which i can use to look up in wikepedia.
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  3. Mar 12, 2012 #2
    Adiabatic heating of the air leads to an increase in the speed of successive waves that follow each other leading to a sharp edge and lumping of waves. These tend to constitute what are called shock waves.So you can look up shock waves, I guess.
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