Where do sound waves finish?

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Where do sound waves finish?
« on: 28/02/2011 18:30:04 »
Salman asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Where do sound waves finish? And are there waves that have finished or exist that we can't hear?

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 28/02/2011 18:30:04 by _system »

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Where do sound waves finish?
« Reply #1 on: 28/02/2011 18:45:23 »
Where do sound waves finish?

In a dead heat  [:)] ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_death_of_the_universe

are there [sound] waves ... that we can't hear?

Yes infrasound, ultrasound, and the sound of Jehovah’s witnesses knocking on the front door.
« Last Edit: 28/02/2011 19:25:11 by RD »

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Where do sound waves finish?
« Reply #2 on: 12/04/2011 00:07:50 »
Sound waves attenuate rapidly beyond detection by the human ear. The energy in the sound wave ends up as thermal energy in the medium through which it passes (the air is warmed up).