Waves pp 82-94 | Cite as

General Properties of Waves

  • Alan J. Davies
Part of the Dimensions of Mathematics book series (DIMOMATH)


We are all familiar with the characteristic change in the pitch of the sound of the siren of an emergency vehicle as it passes. This phenomenon is called the Doppler effect. We can explain the effect using the relationship between wave velocity and frequency given by equation (3.5). We assume that the velocity, c, of the wave is independent of the velocity of the source of the wave.


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© Alan J. Davies 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan J. Davies
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  1. 1.The University of HertfordshireUK

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