# Math Help - Elastic modulus, earthquake waves?

1. ## Elastic modulus, earthquake waves?

A longitudinal earthquake wave strikes a boundary between two types of rock at a 35 degree angle. As it crosses the boundary, the specific gravity (SG = d_rock / d_water ) of the rock changes from 3.7 to 2.8. Assuming that the elastic modulus is the same for both types of rock, determine the angle of refraction.

To solve this I have two equations.

1) (velocity 1/ velocity 2) = (sine angle 1 / sine angle 2), a ratio

2) velocity of an earthquake wave = sq. root ( elastic modulus / density )

The problem I'm having is, I don't know what the elastic modulus is and what the density or (rho) is, and also density is supposed to = m/v

Otherwise, I could solve this easily...

Can anyone help?

2. Originally Posted by realintegerz
A longitudinal earthquake wave strikes a boundary between two types of rock at a 35 degree angle. As it crosses the boundary, the specific gravity (SG = d_rock / d_water ) of the rock changes from 3.7 to 2.8. Assuming that the elastic modulus is the same for both types of rock, determine the angle of refraction.

To solve this I have two equations.

1) (velocity 1/ velocity 2) = (sine angle 1 / sine angle 2), a ratio

2) velocity of an earthquake wave = sq. root ( elastic modulus / density )

The problem I'm having is, I don't know what the elastic modulus is and what the density or (rho) is, and also density is supposed to = m/v

Otherwise, I could solve this easily...

Can anyone help?
the problem says that the elastic modulus is the same for both types of rock, so it will cancel in the equation.

$\frac{v_1}{v_2} = \frac{\sqrt{\frac{e}{\rho_1}}}{\sqrt{\frac{e}{\rho _2}}}$

$\frac{v_1}{v_2} = \sqrt{\frac{\rho_2}{\rho_1}}$

you also know the respective SG's ...

$\frac{\rho_1}{\rho_w} = 3.7$

$\frac{\rho_2}{\rho_w} = 2.8$

$\frac{\frac{\rho_1}{\rho_w}}{\frac{\rho_2}{\rho_w} } = \frac{3.7}{2.8}$

note that the value for water density also cancels ...

$\frac{\rho_1}{\rho_2} = \frac{3.7}{2.8}$

you should be able to finish up