Physics quiz question: specific acoustic impedance

Physics 205A Quiz 1, fall semester 2012
Cuesta College, San Luis Obispo, CA

Cf. Giambattista/Richardson/Richardson, Physics, 2/e, Comprehensive Problem 1.77

The equation[*] for the specific acoustic impedance z of air is P/v, where P is the sound pressure, measured in units of kg·m–1·s–2, and v is the particle velocity, measured in units of m·s–1. The units for the specific acoustic impedance z are:
(A) kg·m–2·s–1.
(B) kg·m–2·s.
(C) kg–1·m2·s–1.
(D) kg–1·m2·s.

[*] wki.pe/Acoustic_impedance.

Correct answer (highlight to unhide): (A)

Replacing the quantities in the equation with their kg, m and s units, except for the specific acoustic impedance z:

z = P×v–1,

z = kg·m–1·s–2 × (m·s–1)–1,

z = kg·m–1·s–2 × m–1·s,

z = kg·m–2·s–1.

Sections 70854, 70855
Exam code: quiz01bL0t
(A) : 48 students
(B) : 7 students
(C) : 4 students
(D) : 2 students

Success level: 79%
Discrimination index (Aubrecht & Aubrecht, 1983): 0.60

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