Acoustics and Vibration Animations Feature Summary

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Acoustics and Vibration Animations
photo credit: Jim Krider, Physics Instructional Resource Team, Arizona State
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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.

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To learn more, visit this page from Hyperphysics.

(This feature was updated on February 17, 2014.)
September 1, 2006 - September 16, 2006