In a test, I was told to identify 3 characteristics that could increase the velocity of the sound travelling through a cup and wire phone. This was a sound and waves unit test.
The Attempt at a Solution
I wrote that the linear density could be decreased, the force of tension in the string could be increased and that the cups and wire themselves could be of the same resonant frequency.
My first two reasons are from the equation Velocity = √((Force of Tension)/(linear density)). The third reasoning was based on the idea that if they are of the same resonant frequency, less energy would be lost going from medium to medium. I said that because there is more energy in the string, the velocity would increase.
The teacher agreed that there would be more energy, but said that more energy in the string would only result in a greater amplitude. I had thought that more energy == greater velocity? Is that assumption incorrect then?
Thanks for any help.