Sound Pipe Lab
How will changing the length of a plastic pipe change its sound (period) when struck on your palm?
Example: Our instructor showed us how striking the open end of a 6" plastic pipe on his palm makes a pleasing sound. It sounded a little like a wood block I've used in band in middle school, only more "airy". I know that larger bells have a lower tone when struck. The larger pipes on pipe organs also have a lower tone than the small pipes.
If the length of the pipe is _________ then the pipe period should be _________ because sound period is longer (frequency is lower) with larger structures.
Be specific! If the length is doubled then the period will be one-half what is was...
- Several lengths of pvc pipes from the hardware store (6", 9" 12")
- A way to measure the sound frequency such as the Soundcard Oscilloscope
- Have the instructor setup the Soundcard Oscilloscope
- Students provide the rest of the procedure.
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- Restate the prediction or hypothesis.
- Clearly state whether the prediction/hypothesis was correct or give a correct answer to the investigative question.
- Provide the range of data from high to low.
- Explain how the data supports or rejects the hypothesis or answers the question.