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Posts tagged speed of sound

September 17, 2012

 

an illustration of a man shooting a 17th century musket

Measuring The Speed Of Sound

Gunshots for science? 17th century scientist first attempts to measure the speed of sound.

January 2, 2012

 

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Why Is It So Difficult To Spot A Plane In The Air?

How many times have you heard a jet plane going over but not been able to find it even though you were looking toward where the sound was coming from?

May 19, 2008

 

Cracking Whip

A Supersonic Whipper-snapper

Remarkably, when someone cracks a whip they actually make the tip of the whip move faster than the speed of sound. The crack is actually a miniature sonic boom.

December 23, 2003

 

What is Air?

What does air actually consist of? Find out on this Moment of Science.

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