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What is sound?

A local pressure disturbance in a continuous medium (air/sea) that contains frequencies in the range of 20 to 20,000 Hz (the audible range)

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Who does the definition of sound apply too?

Only humans, not all humans can hear sounds of that range

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What is the audible range for sound?

20-20,000hZ

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What is a single sound wave caused by?

An increase in pressure at a certain point in an elastic medium which causes a domino effect

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What happens if a perturbation is repeated periodically?

It generates a series of sound waves - vibrating source, causes an increase in pressure

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What does a wave tell you?

The crests respond to high pressure points and the troughs correspond to low pressure points

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Where does sound propagate from?

The source at equal speed in all three dimensions

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What are sound waves?

Spherical waves - because sound expands in lots of different ways, not just in a straight line

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What does the speed at which sounds propagates depend on?

The type, temperature and pressure of the medium through which it propagates

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What is the speed of sound in dry air (20 degrees)

343m/s - 1 meter every 2.9 milliseconds - this is so fast that speed is almost irrelevant

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What is the simplest representation of sound? - how we record sound

A waveform - the temporal variation of sound pressure as a fixed point in space

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What happens when we record sound?

We record a temporal variation - sound pressure at a fixed point in space

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What are most sounds generated by?

Produced by oscillators - means that you give a little energy now and then and they will work at their own frequency (being on a swing)

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What are most sounds?

Periodic - one that repeats itself at regular intervals

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Why are oscillators useful?

Because you don't need to control them, just give a little energy and the will move back and forth, creating a periodic sound wave

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The pressure variation of a periodic sound is an oscillation with a given..

Period
Amplitude

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The period of a sound wave

The duration of a oscillation cycle
Can be measured as the time between two peaks

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The frequency of sound

Used more than period
The number of air pressure oscillation cycles per second - it is the opposite of the period
Frequency = 1 divided by period by T

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What is one single oscillatory cycle per second?

1hz - not audible

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Types of oscillatory cycles

125 (the fundamental frequency is male voice) = 125hZ
200 - fundamental frequency in female, 200Hz
2000 - some bird calls, 2000 hz
15000 - some bat calls - 15000

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What does fundamental frequency mean?

The lowest frequency which is produced by the oscillation of an object

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The amplitude of sound

This is the loundess
This is the magnitude of the change in sound pressure within the wave - maximum amount of pressure at any point in the sound wave
Also called sound pressure level

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How is amplitude measured?

Decibels

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What is loudness?

The perceptual correlate of amplitude - it isn't a scientific measure, it is subjective, non linear perceptual attribute which varies with period, frequency and distance

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What are the ways of representing sound?

Waveforms
Spectrograms
Spectrums

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What is a waveform?

Represents sound in terms of time and amplitude (energy)

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What is a spectrogram?

Represents energy (amplitude) as a function of time and frequency
Energy is represented by different shades of grey, if dry what, no energy at time or frequency. Energy isn't present at all frequencies

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What is a spectrum?

Measures energy as a function of frequency - time is removed
A peak tells us how much energy there is at each Hz

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What are simple sound waves?

Pure tones
Simple frequency tones with no harmonic content - sine wave
Only has energy at one frequency e.g. a beep
Nothing above or below 1.5 kZ - frequency of a single tone
don't use this for communicating

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What are complex sounds?

Animals humans and most musical instruments usually generate sounds which have energy at more than one frequency - complex sounds
Composed of more than one tone
They are periodic and repeat themselves
have harmonics and a fundamental frequency