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Does the conical angle of a shock wave open wider, narrow

Conceptual Physics | 12th Edition | ISBN: 9780321909107 | Authors: Paul G. Hewitt ISBN: 9780321909107 29

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Problem 44E

Does the conical angle of a shock wave open wider, narrow down, or remain constant as a supersonic aircraft increases its speed?

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Solution 44E As the speed of the supersonic aircraft increases, the Mach number also increases (M = v/a , v = speed of aircraft, a = speed of air). This increase in Mach number is related to the decrease in the conical angle (M = 1/sin , is the half of the conical angle). Therefore, the angle narrows down with the increase in the aircraft speed.

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Textbook: Conceptual Physics
Edition: 12
Author: Paul G. Hewitt
ISBN: 9780321909107

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