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Posted by Student in Need on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 1:16pm.

We're in class with a SIL decibel meter up front, and everyone is screaming at the top of their lungs, hooting and shouting and pounding on their desks, shooting off firecrackers, its Phys 1240 gone wild...and the meter is reading a reasonably steady sound intensity level of 120 dB. At a pre-arranged signal from Professor Parker, sixty (60) percent of the class suddenly gets totally quiet, while the remaining students continue making the same noise. What sound intensity level would the meter now show?

I thought the answer would be 48dB's but that would be way to high? How would you explain how to get the answer to someone with no experience in physics and how to get the answer?

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