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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by Andrea on Friday, February 29, 2008 at 11:40am.

The frequency of a stationary siren is 1500 Hz when measured by a stationary observer. If an observer moves away from the siren at mach number .85 what is the frequency he hears? (assume room temperature so that velocity of the air is 340m/s)

I know that I would use f'=f (v - v_o)/(v + v_s)
But what I don't get is the mach number .85

Isn't mach number .85 = v_s/v?

How would I set up this problem?
Should it look like this:
=(1500Hz) (1-0)/(340m/s+.85)
=4.4Hz

Is this correct?

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