Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 12 - Sound - Questions - Page 352: 6


The density of helium is much lower than that of air.

Work Step by Step

The size of the throat, lungs, etc. determines the wavelengths of sound that a person produces. The associated frequencies are given by $f = \frac{v}{\lambda}$. The speed of sound in helium is about 3 times the speed in air. After the person has inhaled helium, the produced sound frequencies rise by about a factor of 3, making the person sound high-pitched.
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