ERIC Number: EJ1045709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Helium and Sulfur Hexafluoride in Musical Instruments
Forinash, Kyle; Dixon, Cory L.
Physics Teacher, v52 n8 p470-473 Nov 2014
The effects of inhaled helium on the human voice were investigated in a recent article in "The Physics Teacher." As mentioned in that article, demonstrations of the effect are a popular classroom activity. If the number of YouTube videos is any indication, the effects of sulfur hexafluoride on the human voice are equally popular. However, there appears to be little information available on the effects of either of these gases on musical instruments. We describe here the results of a student project that involved measuring the frequency shifts in an organ pipe, a trumpet, and a trombone as the result of filling the instruments with these two gases. The project was one of several possible end-of-semester projects required in an elective science of sound course for non-science majors.
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Scientific Concepts, Science Activities, Musical Instruments, Measurement, Nonmajors, College Science
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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