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ERIC Number: EJ1032821
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Boomwhackers and End-Pipe Corrections
Ruiz, Michael J.
Physics Teacher, v52 n2 p73-75 Feb 2014
End-pipe corrections seldom come to mind as a suitable topic for an introductory physics lab. Yet, the end-pipe correction formula can be verified in an engaging and inexpensive lab that requires only two supplies: plastic-tube toys called boomwhackers and a meter-stick. This article describes a lab activity in which students model data from plastic tubes to arrive at the end-correction formula for an open pipe. Students also learn the basic mathematics behind the musical scale, and come to appreciate the importance of end-pipe physics in the engineering design of toy musical tubes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A