Resonance: Speed of Sound

Resonance: Speed of Sound

Resonance occurs when an object is made to vibrate at its natural frequency, and the vibrations reinforce themselves, becoming larger. In the case of sound, the object can be a column (or other vessel) of air, and the larger vibrations are observed as a louder sound. In this lab, students will use a tuning fork to find the resonance point of a column of air. Then they will use a simple formula to find the speed of sound.

Required Equipment

Arbor Scientific Complete Set of Tuning Forks
Arbor Scientific Graduated Cylinder, Hex Base, Polypropylene, 1000 mL
Arbor Scientific Meter Stick 6 pack

January 01, 2011 Collin Wassilak

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