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ERIC Number: EJ1174765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Fun with Singing Wine Glasses
Boone, Christine; Galloway, Melodie; Ruiz, Michael J.
Physics Education, v53 n3 Article 035025 May 2018
A fun activity is presented using singing wine glasses for introductory physics students. Students tune a white wine glass and a red wine glass to as many semitones as possible by filling the glasses with the appropriate amounts of water. A smart phone app is used to measure the frequencies of equal-temperament tones. Then plots of frequency against water volume percent are made using a spreadsheet. Students can also play combinations of pitches with several glasses. A video (Ruiz 2018 "Video: Singing glasses" is provided which includes an excerpt of a beautiful piece written for singing glasses and choir: "Stars" by Latvian composer Eriks Ešenvalds.
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Language: English
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