Lesson: Shock WavesPhysics
In this lesson, we will learn how to compare the speed of an object that is moving faster than the speed of sound in a medium to the speed of the shock wave it produces.
Sample Question Videos
A jet flying at an altitude of m has a speed of Mach 2.00. Determine how long after the jet is directly vertically above a stationary observer on the ground the observer will hear a sonic boom from the jet. Use a value of 340 m/s for the speed of sound.
A plane is flying at Mach 1.2, and an observer on the ground hears the sonic boom 15 seconds after the plane is directly overhead.What is the altitude of the plane? Use a Value of 340 m/s for the speed of sound.
An airplane is flying at Mach 3.0 at an altitude of 8.0 km. Determine how far away from a stationary observer the plane will be when the observer hears the sonic boom generated by the plane. Use a value of 306 m/s for the speed of sound.