What causes the sound a whip makes when it is cracked?

The sound a whip makes is the tip of the whip being propelled at over 700 miles per hour.

When flicked just right, the end breaks the sound barrier, creating a small sonic boom.

The sonic boom is what you hear when it’s “cracked.”

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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