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Sound Absorption

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Sound Absorption


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You will expand your knowledge of waves by studying the interaction of sound waves with different materials.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain the behaviors of sounds waves when they meet a surface.

Everything You'll Have Covered

How does closing a door between rooms buffer sound?

~ When sound waves meet the door, some sound waves are absorbed and the sound cannot be heard as loudly or as clearly on the other side of the obstacle.

Where are some places where sound absorption is important?

~ Answers will vary. Accept all reasonable answers. Some places where sound absorption is important are recording studios, movie theaters, classrooms, and rooms in a home.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should be able to define absorption, obstacle, and reflection.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary absorption, obstacle, reflection