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The decibel scale is logarithmic, based upon powers of 10. Adding 10 dB means the intensity is multiplied by a factor of 10. In other words, when the intensity of sound is increased by a factor of 10, the intensity level increases by 10 dB. A sound of 40 dB is ten times more intense than a sound of 30 dB. This is discussed on page 394, and shown in Table 21.1.