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Experimenting with Woodwind Instruments

Physics Education Volume 42, Number 3, ISSN 0031-9120


Simple experiments involving musical instruments of the woodwind family can be used to demonstrate the basic physics of vibrating air columns in resonance tubes using nothing more than straightforward measurements and data collection hardware and software. More involved experimentation with the same equipment can provide insight into the effects of holes in the tubing and other factors that make simple tubes useful as musical instruments. (Contains 4 tables, 6 figures, and 7 footnotes.)


LoPresto, M.C. (2007). Experimenting with Woodwind Instruments. Physics Education, 42(3), 296-303. Retrieved November 12, 2019 from .

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