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What effect causes a siren to change in pitch as it passes by?

  1. juniorsbook profile image71
    juniorsbookposted 7 years ago

    What effect causes a siren to change in pitch as it passes by?

  2. maven101 profile image80
    maven101posted 7 years ago

    As anybody with a high school education knows the change in pitch is known as the Doppler Effect...

  3. framistan profile image56
    framistanposted 7 years ago

    Sound travels at about 600 miles per hour.  If the sound source is ALSO moving then the sound waves reach you SLIGHTLY faster when the siren is approaching... and slightly slower when the siren passes you by.  By the way... Lightwaves do the same thing but you see a shift in the COLOR of the object.  That is why some stars have a REDDISH color which can be seen if you live outside the city (where the stars appear brighter)...  and have good eyesight. Some stars are moving towards us... some moving away at great speeds.

    With lightwaves... it is called REDSHIFT.
    With soundwaves... it is called Doppler effect as MAVEN says.

  4. Realkoyoable profile image57
    Realkoyoableposted 7 years ago

    The change in pitch is known as the doppler effect. The wavelength of the siren is shorter in front of the moving object and become larger behind it. Hence the high pitch approaching and the low pitch passing.

  5. ryancarter profile image58
    ryancarterposted 7 years ago

    Usually the relief of blood pressure around your ear canal when you realize that they're not after YOU... this time...  Or, uhhh, the Doppler Effect...