Physics and Music

Break it!

Sunday, May 13th, 2007 | Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off


It shakes, vibrates, and – yes – breaks! Watch how sound (not even very loud) shatters a wine glass:

Balancing Stick – A feedback system

Saturday, May 5th, 2007 | Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off

A really fun Exploratorium snack in a new light. Balancing a stick with a weight is a challenge that requires good hand-eye coordination. Let’s explore this feedback system: Hand – Stick – Eye. Read more…
Balancing a stick - a feedback system
Find the activity here.

Physics and Music Field Trip

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 | Physics and Music | Comments Off

Awesome! Our Berkeley students of “Physics and Music” went on a field trip to the Exploratorium. Thanks everyone for coming, love your Physics and Musics T-Shirts!
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Handmade Earbuds

Tuesday, April 10th, 2007 | Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off

Making funky earbuds for IPods. Forgot your IPod headphones? You need nothing but a coil of wire, a magnet, and a small plastic cup to make your own! Click on the picture for a larger size.
Earbuds
Many thanks to Modesto Tamez for showing me his magic…

Sound Bite

Saturday, March 24th, 2007 | Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off

The latest experiment of “Physics and Music”: Bite on a music-box! Read more:
Sound bite
orgmusicboxsound.mp3

Room Acoustics

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007 | Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off

Playing a pure 200 Hz tone on two speakers created an unexpected sound scape in the Berkeley lecture room:
room acoustics

Signal and Noise Game

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007 | Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off

A new game on “Signal and Noise”: We made up sentences (a signal) and then randomly replaced letters (we added noise to the signal). Here are some examples, try to guess what the original sentence said:
Gon towee eogy looking
Eudolph soe red noae
(click on comments to see the answers)

Christmas Lights

Monday, February 26th, 2007 | Light Traces, Physics and Music, Science Snacks | Comments Off

There are new photos of “Physics and Music” on Flickr, the class I am co-teaching in Berkeley:
Photos of Harmonics. Photos by Andrew, Glory, and Steve