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## Velocity of Sound in Various Media

The speed of sound in air is around 768 mi/hr (1,125 ft/sec, 343m/sec), or about 5 seconds per mile, or 3 seconds per kilometer. That is the reason for the rule of thumb where when you see a flash of lightning, count the number of seconds until you hear the thunder clap, then divide by five. That gives you the approximate distance (in miles) away of the lightning. Divide by three for kilometers. The speed of sound in any medium is dependent upon the coefficient of stiffness (modulus of bulk elasticity for gas mediums). Density and/or compressibility alone does not determine the speed of sound. Vl = Velocity of plane longitudinal wave in bulk material. Vs = Velocity of plane transverse (shear) wave. Ve x t = Velocity of longitudinal wave (extensional wave) in thin rods.
Solids Substance Density (g/cm 3) Vl (m /s) Vs (m /s) V ext (m /s)

Metals Aluminum, rolled Berylium Brass (70 Cu, 30 Zn) Copper, annealed Copper, rolled Gold, hard-drawn Iron, Armco Lead, annealed Lead, rolled Molybdenum Monel metal Nickel (unmagnetized) Nickel Platinum Silver Steel, mild Steel, 347 Stainless Tin, rolled Titaninum Tungsten, annealed Tungsten Carbide Zinc, rolled

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## Velocity of Sound in Various Media - RF Cafe

Chloroform Ethanol amide Ethyl ether Ethylene glycol Glycerol Kerosene Mercury Methanol Turpentine Water (distilled) H2 O CHCl3 C 2 H7 NO C 4 H10 O C 2 H6 O 2 C 3 H8 O 3 Hg CH4 O 1.49 1.018 0.713 1.113 1.26 0.81 13.5 0.791 0.88 0.998 987 1724 985 1658 1904 1324 1450 1103 1255 1496.7 -2.4 3.4 3.4 4.87 2.1 2.2 3.6 3.2

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Gases and Vapors Substance Form ula Density (g/l) Velocity (m /s) v/t (m /sec C)

Gases Air, dry Ammonia Argon Carbon monoxide Carbon dioxide Chlorine Deuterium Ethane (10C) Ethylene Helium Hydrogen Hydrogen chloride Methane Neon Nitric oxide (10C) Nitrogen Nitrous oxide Oxygen Sulfur dioxide Vapors Acetone Benzene Carbon tetrachloride Chloroform Ethanol Ethyl ether Methanol Water vapor (134C) NH3 Ar CO CO 2 CL2 D2 C 2 H6 C 2 H4 He H2 HCl CH4 Ne NO N2 N2 O O2 SO 2 C 3 H6 O C 6 H6 CCl4 CHCl3 C 2 H6 O C 4 H10 O CH4 O H2 O

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