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Understanding Sonic Booms

Six jets fly through the air

Product Type: Video Learning Clip
Audience: Educators, Students
Grade Levels: K-8
Year: 2000

This NASA video segment explores the speed of sound. The segment is part of the NASA SCIFiles program, which features the Tree House Detectives, a group of young students who work together to solve everyday problems. In this segment the detectives visit an expert on sonic boom research and learn that sometimes airplanes travel faster than the speed of sound. This creates a tunnel of pressure known as a shock wave that results in a sonic boom.

Understanding Sonic Booms
Duration: 1 minute 47 seconds
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Other video learning clips in this series:
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 1
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 2
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 3
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 4
Problem-Solving Using the Scientific Method
Investigating the Properties of Sound
Following the Scientific Method: Collecting, Organizing and Analyzing Data
Our Ears and How They Work
The Effect of Sound Levels on the Human Ear
The Hearing Ability of Dogs
NASA's Anechoic Chamber for Sound Research
Experimenting With Echoes
Variables That Affect the Speed of Sound
How and Why Bats Use High-Frequency Sounds to Navigate
Demonstrating the Difference Between High- and Low-Frequency Sounds

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