Basics of Sound

  • John E. K. Foreman


In its broadest sense, noise is simply unwanted sound. It can prevent people from performing at their maximum ability and efficiency, it can deprive them from enjoying their leisure to the fullest, it can interfere with their sleep, it can result in increased nervous tension with associated psychological effects, and, most particularly, it can result in damage to the audio-sensory mechanism and lead to premature loss of hearing. Noise, like air and water pollution (and it is a form of “air pollution”), is thus receiving more attention at the community, industrial, and governmental levels.


Particle Velocity Sound Pressure Sound Wave Sound Pressure Level Acoustic Pressure 
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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. K. Foreman
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  1. 1.Sound and Vibration LaboratoryThe University of Western OntarioLondonCanada

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