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This web page explains the physics of sonic shock waves. Text and animations describe and illustrate the wavefronts of sound from a moving point source for the cases of motion equal to, less than, and greater than the speed of sound.

This is part of a large collection of physics animations.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Fluid Mechanics
- Dynamics of Fluids
- General
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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© 1998 Siltec
Additional information is available.
Doppler effect, animation, curriculum support, shock wave, sonic boom, speed of sound, supersonic, wave motion
Record Creators:
Metadata instance created June 14, 2006 by Ed Lee
Siltec Ltd.
Record Updated:
August 4, 2008 by Lyle Barbato
Last Update
when Cataloged:
August 2, 2007
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AIP Format
(Siltec Ltd., 1998), WWW Document, (http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm).
Shock Waves (Siltec Ltd., 1998), <http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm>.
APA Format
Shock Waves. (2007, August 2). Retrieved June 22, 2024, from Siltec Ltd.: http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm
Chicago Format
Siltec Ltd.. Shock Waves. Siltec Ltd., August 2, 2007. http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm (accessed 22 June 2024).
MLA Format
Shock Waves. Siltec Ltd., 1998. 2 Aug. 2007. Siltec Ltd.. 22 June 2024 <http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm>.
BibTeX Export Format
@misc{ Title = {Shock Waves}, Publisher = {Siltec Ltd.}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {22 June 2024}, Month = {August 2, 2007}, Year = {1998} }
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%T Shock Waves %D August 2, 2007 %I Siltec Ltd. %U http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm %O image/gif

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%0 Electronic Source %D August 2, 2007 %T Shock Waves %I Siltec Ltd. %V 2024 %N 22 June 2024 %8 August 2, 2007 %9 image/gif %U http://physics-animations.com/Physics/English/swa_txt.htm

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