1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Why are pitch and frequency similiar to loudness and intensity?

  1. Nov 8, 2006 #1
    Why are pitch and frequency similiar to loudness and intensity?

    I also have one more question! I have a test coming up on the properties of sound things likethe spped of sound etc? Does anyone have like an old test or something i can use to help study?
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 8, 2006 #2


    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    Are you sure you didn't get this slighly off? It makes more sense to ask "Why are pitch and loudness similar to frequency and intensity, respectively?"

  4. Nov 8, 2006 #3
    speed of sound, p-wave = (rigidity/density)^.5

    I think that's right anyway, what context do you need it for, seismology? acoustics?
  5. Nov 9, 2006 #4


    User Avatar

    pitch and loudness are perceptual properties or quantities (how we think we hear such properties) whereas frequency and intensity are physical (how they are measured in terms of physical units). there is also an approximate logarithmic relationship between the perceptual and physical.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook