Mach angle

The acute angle between a weak shock wave and a free-stream airflow. Hence, at Mach 1, the Mach angle is 90°, and, thereafter, its value is equal to sin−1 × 1/M. It is represented by the symbol μ. See also Mach cone.

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  • mach angle — ˈmäk , ˈmȧk noun Usage: usually capitalized M Etymology: after Ernst Mach died 1916 Austrian physicist and philosopher : half of the vertex angle of a Mach cone whose sine is the ratio of the speed of sound to the speed of a moving body …   Useful english dictionary

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