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ERIC Number: EJ984066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Experimenting with a "Pipe" Whistle
Stafford, Olga
Physics Teacher, v50 n4 p229-231 Apr 2012
A simple pipe whistle can be made using pieces of PVC pipe. The whistle can be used to measure the resonant frequencies of open or closed pipes. A slightly modified version of the device can be used to also investigate the interesting dependence of the sound frequencies produced on the orifice-to-edge distance. The pipe whistle described here allows students in a physics of music or introductory physics course to study an example of an "edge tone" device that produces discrete sound frequencies. From their textbooks, students likely know about standing waves produced by pipes or strings, as well as the resonant frequencies for open and closed pipes. To go a bit further, they can also learn how the frequency of the sound wave depends on the orifice-to-edge distance of the wind instrument.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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