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This web page provides animations that show the physics of the Doppler effect and the formation of shockwaves from sound waves generated by a moving source. Photos show shockwaves of a bullet, an airplane, and a supersonic land vehicle. Links provide further information.
Editor's Note: A very nice visual to augment teaching the concept of the Doppler Effect for Sound.
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Fluid Mechanics
- Dynamics of Fluids
General Physics
- General
Oscillations & Waves
- Wave Motion
= Doppler Effect
= Shock Waves
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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© 2007 Daniel Russel
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doppler effect, fluids, sonic boom , sound , speed of sound , supersonic
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Metadata instance created June 29, 2007 by Andrew Coughlin
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(2007), WWW Document, (http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/doppler/doppler.html).
The Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms, (2007), <http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/doppler/doppler.html>.
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The Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms. (2006, April 20). Retrieved October 21, 2017, from http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/doppler/doppler.html
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. The Doppler Effect and Sonic Booms. April 20, 2006. http://www.acs.psu.edu/drussell/Demos/doppler/doppler.html (accessed 21 October 2017).
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