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Wed January 11, 2012 By: Manisha Mohanty
 

CAN WE HEAR THE ECHO IN AN EMPTY ROOM OF LENGTH 5 METRES?IF YES THEN HOW?

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Wed January 11, 2012
Yes , we can hear echo in an empty room of length 5 metres, as,
T= v/d=340/10=34s
Echoes are different than reverberations. Echoes occur when a reflected sound wave reaches the ear more than 0.1 seconds after the original sound wave was heard. If the elapsed time between the arrival of the two sound waves is more than 0.1 seconds, then the sensation of the first sound will have died out . In this case, the arrival of the second sound wave will be perceived as a second sound rather than the prolonging of the first sound. There will be an echo instead of a reverberation.
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