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ERIC Number: EJ1194973
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Nov
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Two Simple and Inexpensive Desk-Top Experiments with Vibrations of a Uniform Beam
Oliver, Douglas L.
Physics Teacher, v56 n8 p548-550 Nov 2018
The study of vibration in uniform beams provides physics teachers with a platform by which a broad range of physics vibration-related topics can be explored without expensive and specialized equipment. This paper presents two laboratory exercises related to lateral beam vibrations. These exercises use beam theory coupled with free sound-analysis software (Raven Lite 2.0), and are appropriate for both high school and first-year college physics students. In this paper, the uniform beam is a slender tube with unsupported (or free) ends--such as a wind chime.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A