Acoustics ch. 4
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Acoustics ch. 4
Introduction to sound
What is power?
the rate at which energy is transferred; energy transferred per unit time
energy per second
What is energy?
the capacity to do work, whereas power is the rate at which energy (the work) is expended (done)
What is a Watt?
energy transferred per unit time
1 watt = 1 joule/s
What is a relative measure?
a comparative measure
What is an absolute measure?
an exact number or amount
What unit of measure is power expressed in?
sound = 2 x 10^-8 watts (.00000002)
What is relative measure of power?
absolute power in one sound wave is compared with absolute power in another (reference) wave
A = 2B or B = A/2
What is intensity?
energy per second per square meter
What is the unit of measure of intensity?
What is I
What is I
What is the ratio for the level of intensity?
What is a Bel?
the log of the ratio I
Bels = log
if the base is not give, assume it is 10
What do positive bels mean?
the absolute measure is bigger than the reference
What do negative bels mean?
the absolute measure is smaller than the reference
Ratios page 52 slide 20
= 10^-10 watt/m^2
What is the absolute intensity?
What is the level of intensity in bels?
How do you go from bels to decibels?
bels = log
(2 x 10
bels = 4.3 = 43 decibels (dB)
to convert from bels to decibels, multiply by 10
What is the equation for dB?
a decibel is 10 times the log of an intensity ratio or of a power ratio
Sample dB problems page 53 slide 26
For every 10-fold change in I
, dB changes by? Why?
10 = 1; 1 x 10 = 10
For every 2-fold change in I
, dB changes by?
What do 0 decibels mean?
What is dB IL?
the reference intensity must always be specified!
What is the standard reference intensity for dB IL?
dB IL problems page 54 slide 31
Sample problems page 54 and 55
What are the four types of intensity problems?
given an intensity ratio, calculate decibels
given decibels, calculate intensity ratio
, calculate dB IL
give dB IL, calculate I
What is sound pressure?
What is the unit of measure for pressure?
= 1 Pa
= 1 microPa
What is impedance?
an opposition to motion
What is the relationship between intensity and pressure?
I is directly proportional to p
p is directly proportional to the square root of I
How much does p increase if I increases by some factor?
p increases by the square root of that factor
What is the equation for sound pressure?
Pressure sample problems page 58 and 59
What are the four types of pressure problems?
given a pressure ratio, calculate decibels
given decibels, calculate pressure ratio
, calculate dB SPL
given dB SPL, calculate p
What is the relationship between dB IL and dB SPL?
they are equal
If two sounds have an intensity level of 60 dB IL each thatn what is the total intensity level of them?
63 dB IL
When you double intensities how much does it increase by?
Combining intensities page 63
*If intensity doubles, dB increases by 3, which means pressure also increases by 3. If we are ONLY talking about pressure, not intensity, dB increases by 6
What is the equation for equal source intensities?
i = dB SPL (or dB IL) from one source (only add intensities so use 10logX)
N = # of sources combined
Two sources each produce 100 dB SPL. What is the total SPL?
dB = 100 + 10log2
= 103 dB SPL
Three sources each produce 100 dB SPL. What is the total SPL?
dB = 100 + 10log3
= 104.8 dB SPL
Eight sources each produce 91.2 dB SPL. By how many dB is SPL increased?
dB = 10log8
= 9 (100.2 - 91.2)
*not asking for total
*talking about ratios