Practice Problems
Doppler Effect
Directions:
On this worksheet, you may assume that the speed of sound in air is 340 m/sec unless otherwise stated.
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Question 1
A 'clicker' is sounding at 12 Hz; if you are moving towards the 'clicker' at 29 m/sec what apparent frequency do you hear instead?
10.98 Hz
7.03 Hz
13.02 Hz
16.97 Hz
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Question 2
You are riding a bike away from a street musician at 14.5 m/sec; when the trumpet player hits an 'A'. You know that the frequency of an 'A' should be 440 Hz, what apparent frequency do you hear instead?
429 Hz
421 Hz
451 Hz
459 Hz
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Question 3
You are in an ambulance driving towards an accident at 36 m/sec. You hear the horns of the cars in the accident sounding at a frequency of 294 Hz, what is the actual frequency of the car horns.
325 Hz
266 Hz
329 Hz
263 Hz
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Question 4
You are riding in a boat into oncoming waves and measure the frequency of the waves to be 29 crests every 10 seconds. Shortly afterwards you come to rest on the water and measure the waves to have an actual frequency of 7 every 10 seconds with a wave speed of 12 m/sec. How fast was your boat traveling before?
61.7 m/sec
2.3 m/sec
3.8 m/sec
37.7 m/sec
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Question 5
You are speeding away from a loud speaker. If the original frequency of 294 Hz is shifted to 258 Hz, what is your speed away from the speaker?
9 m/sec
47 m/sec
41.6 m/sec
30 m/sec
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Question 6
You are measuring the speed of a projectile using sonar. If a frequency of 147 Hz is reflected back at 132.5 Hz, what is the speed of the projectile?
30.6 m/sec
33.5 m/sec
37.2 m/sec
23.4 m/sec
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Question 7
In what direction was the projectile in
Question 6
moving relative to the sonar device?
cannot be determined
away from the sonar
towards the sonar
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