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Zendri, G.; Valdan, M.; Gratton, L. M.; Oss, S. – Physics Education, 2015
Wind musical instruments are affected in their intonation by temperature. We show how to account for these effects in a simple experiment, and provide results in languages accessible to both physics and music professionals.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Musical Instruments, Scientific Concepts, Physics
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LoPresto, Michael C. – Physics Education, 2012
What follows are several investigations involving string musical instruments developed for and used in a "Science of Sound & Light" course. The experiments make use of a guitar, orchestral string instruments and data collection and graphing software. They are designed to provide students with concrete examples of how mathematical formulae, when…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Science Instruction, Physics, Data Collection
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LoPresto, Michael C. – Physics Education, 2007
Simple experiments involving musical instruments of the woodwind family can be used to demonstrate the basic physics of vibrating air columns in resonance tubes using nothing more than straightforward measurements and data collection hardware and software. More involved experimentation with the same equipment can provide insight into the effects…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Experiments, Physics, Data Collection
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LoPresto, Michael C. – Physics Education, 2003
Describes experiments to address the properties of brass musical instruments that can be used to demonstrate sound in any level physics course. The experiments demonstrate in a quantitative fashion the effects of the mouthpiece and bell on the frequencies of sound waves and thus the musical pitches produced. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Acoustics, Demonstrations (Science), Higher Education, Music
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Kraftmakher, Yaakov – Physics Education, 2005
A classroom demonstration is described that shows a method for detecting nonmagnetic metals. The demonstration uses the simple and sensitive beat oscillations technique and employs off-the-shelf equipment usually available in most physics laboratories. More than 80 years ago, the beat oscillations technique was used to design the first electronic…
Descriptors: Student Projects, Physics, Metallurgy, Science Instruction
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LoPresto, Michael C. – Physics Education, 2014
What follows is a description of a theoretical model designed to calculate the playing frequencies of the musical pitches produced by a trombone. The model is based on quantitative treatments that demonstrate the effects of the flaring bell and cup-shaped mouthpiece sections on these frequencies and can be used to calculate frequencies that…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Musical Composition, Program Descriptions, Models
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Konz, Nicholas; Ruiz, Michael J. – Physics Education, 2018
The French horn is used to introduce the three basic properties of periodic waves: amplitude, frequency, and waveform. These features relate to the perceptual characteristics of loudness, pitch, and timbre encountered in everyday language. Visualizations are provided in the form of oscilloscope screenshots, spectrograms, and Fourier spectra to…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Musical Instruments, Video Technology
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Holmes, Bud; Ruiz, Michael J. – Physics Education, 2017
Harmonics arise naturally from the resonances in strings and pipes. A video demonstration (Ruiz 2016 "YouTube: Tuba Harmonics" (https://youtu.be/souhEzOP9c4)) is provided where a tubist (coauthor Holmes) produces a phenomenal 24 harmonics using a single tuba pipe length by controlling the buzz of his lips. The frequencies of the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts, Musical Instruments
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Hoon, S. R.; Tanner, B. K. – Physics Education, 1981
Suggests using musical instruments to demonstrate physics concepts. Topics include: pitch and frequency; string vibrations; string-resonator system; wind instruments; harmonic content; transients; scales and temperament; psycho-acoustical affects; and electronic music. (SK)
Descriptors: College Science, Computer Oriented Programs, Higher Education, Microcomputers
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Firth, Ian – Physics Education, 1974
These projects utilize musical instruments to teach the physics of sound by investigating standing waves in strings and plates, main resonance of stringed instruments, loudness curves, and analysis of tones. Can be adapted for secondary level or college level instruction. (MLH)
Descriptors: Acoustics, College Science, Higher Education, Instruction
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Parikesit, Gea O. F.; Kusumaningtyas, Indraswari – Physics Education, 2017
The acoustics of a vibrating string is frequently used as a simple example of how physics can be applied in the field of art. In this paper we describe a simple experiment and analysis using a clipped string. This experiment can generate scientific curiosity among students because the sound generated by the string seem surprising to our senses.…
Descriptors: Acoustics, Physics, Musical Instruments, Science Instruction
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Lapp, David R. – Physics Education, 2003
Explains how to use the equation for frequency of vibration of a transversely oscillating bar or pipe with both ends free to vibrate to build a simple and inexpensive xylophone from a 3-meter section of copper pipe. The instrument produces a full major scale and can be used to investigate various musical intervals. (Author/NB)
Descriptors: Acoustics, Musical Instruments, Physics, Science Activities
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Datta, Somnath – Physics Education, 1991
An experiment intended to familiarize a student with the musical scale and the technique of tuning an instrument by listening for beats is described. From the dial reading of the oscillator frequency and the counted beats frequency, the student then computes the frequency of each musical note over one full octave. (Author)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Music, Musical Instruments, Physics
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Matsutani, Akihiro – Physics Education, 2018
The fundamental air cavity mode (A0) of a violin was investigated from the viewpoint of its dependence on the opening area and shape by using holed sheets of paper. The dependences of the frequency response of the A0 cavity mode on the shape, opening area, and orientation of the openings were observed. It was also demonstrated that the change of…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Science Instruction, Physics, Scientific Concepts
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Jaafar, Rosly; Mat Daud, Anis Nazihah; Hon, Kok Keng – Physics Education, 2018
In this study, we determined the length correction of the Malaysia pan flute using the harmonic series experiments. The Malaysia pan flute is made from bamboo and consists of eight different bore lengths; 15.50cm, 13.50cm, 12.00cm, 10.30cm, 9.00cm, 7.60cm, 6.50cm and 5.20cm. It is categorized as a one-closed-end resonance tube since it is sealed…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Physics, Science Instruction, Science Experiments
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