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The speed of sound in steel is about 4.50 km/s. A steel rail is struck with a hammer, and an observer 0.400 km away has one ear to the rail.
(a) How much time will elapse from the time the sound is heard through the rail until the time it is heard through the air? Assume that the air temperature is 20 oC and that no wind is blowing.
(b) How much time would elapse if the wind were blowing toward the observer at from where the rail was struck?


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