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Worksheet: Shock Waves


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.