Acoustics and Vibration Animations
photo credit: Jim Krider, Physics Instructional Resource Team, Arizona State
In this classic physics demonstration, the tube that contains the Bunsen burner gas has a speaker at each end that emits a pure tone. The tones have the same frequency and are in phase. The frequency of the tones is selected to set up a large inside the tube, and the resulting pressure distribution produces the pattern of flames.
Click here for the standing wave section of Physics 2000.
To learn more, visit this page from Hyperphysics.
(This feature was updated on February 17, 2014.)
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