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Why is velocity of sound inversely proportional to square r

  1. Sep 5, 2015 #1
    A. Sound is nothing more than a local disturbance whose propagation is facilitated by the collisions between particles

    B. The distances between molecules in solids are very small, i.e., solids are more dense - as compared to liquids and gases. Because they are so close, than can collide very quickly.

    So why is velocity of sound inversely proportional to square root of density?
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  3. Sep 5, 2015 #2


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    You want a reason for a mathematical relationship so the derivation must be mathematical. A search on Google for Speed of sound derivation gives many hits. This link seems to look OK.
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