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Sound: Diffraction and Interference

We head back to the recording studio to study interference and diffraction of sound waves. We investigate qualitatively how diffraction affects sound waves of various frequencies. We also explore how constructive and destructive interference patterns are created and what that means for what we hear coming from a sound source.

Unit 6 Segment D: Sound: Diffraction and Interference We head back to the recording studio to study interference and diffraction of sound waves. We investigate qualitatively how diffraction affects sound waves of various frequencies. We also explore how constructive and destructive interference patterns are created and what that means for what we hear coming from a sound source.

Premiere Date: July 31, 2018 | Runtime: 00:08:58

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Learning Objectives

-Define the terms diffraction and interference.

-Explain how double slit diffraction creates interference patterns within sound waves.

-Describe how amplitude is affected by sound waves interfering with one another constructively and destructively.

-Understand how the frequency of a sound wave affects how it is diffracted.

-Describe the principle of superposition.

-Explain what a beat is and be able to calculate it for two given waves that are interfering with one another.

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Vocabulary

beat - what is heard as changes in amplitude when sound waves with almost identical frequencies interfere with one another.

compression - compressed areas of high pressure in a sound wave.

constructive interference - when two waves are identical in frequency and, in the case of a sound wave, their compressions and rarefactions are aligned in phase.

destructive interference - when two waves interfere and are 180º out of phase with each other.

diffraction - the bending of waves around a barrier.

interference - the combination of two or more waves to form a resultant wave in which the displacement is either reinforced or canceled.

principle of superposition - when waves in space interfere with one another, they combine to form bigger or smaller waves.

rarefaction - areas of lower pressure in a sound wave.

reverberation - the compounding of many reflected soundwaves upon one another within a space.

Georgia Standards of Excellence

SP4
Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the properties and applications of waves.
a
Develop and use mathematical models to explain mechanical and electromagnetic waves as a propagating disturbance that transfers energy. (Clarification statement: Mathematically describe how the velocity, frequency, and wavelength of a propagating wave are related.)
b
Develop and use models to describe and calculate characteristics related to the interference and diffraction of waves (single and double slits).
c
Construct an argument that analyzes the production and characteristics of sounds waves. (Clarification statement:Includes, but not limited to, Doppler Effect, standing waves, wavelength, the relationship between amplitude and the energy of the wave, and the relationship between frequency and pitch.)
g
Plan and carry out investigations to describe changes in diffraction patterns associated with geometry and wavelength for mechanical and electromagnetic waves.

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