Meteor Infrasound A meteor that explodes in the atmosphere creates infrasound waves that can travel multiple times around the globe. One such meteor produced infrasound waves with a wavelength of 6.5 km that propagated 8830 km in 8.47 h. What was the frequency of these waves?

Answer:

0.04455 Hz

Explanation:

Parameters given:

Wavelength, λ = 6.5km = 6500m

Distance travelled by the wave, x = 8830km = 8830000m

Time taken, t = 8.47hours = 8.47 * 3600 = 30492 secs

First, we find the speed of the wave:

Speed, v = distance/time = x/t

v = 8830000/30492 = 289.58 m/s

Frequency, f, is given as velocity divided by wavelength:

f = v/λ

f = 289.58/6500

f = 0.04455 Hz