Segments in this Video

Understanding Sound (04:06)


A hemi-anechoic chamber isolates a sound and allows one to witness its effects. Frequency is related to how much a sound moves the air around it.

Individual Sound (02:58)

Every object produces a unique sound. The sound of the bell in Big Ben is easily recognizable to Londoners. The sound is created by air being pushed away from the vibrating metal of the bell.

What is Frequency? (09:02)

The frequency of objects was first studied by German physicist Ernst Chladni. He developed an experiment to identify different frequencies produced by a single object. Big Ben's natural frequencies are aligned in a harmonic relationship, which makes for a pleasant noise.

Sound Resonator (03:16)

A resonator generates waves of specific frequencies. In a violin, the wood body is the sound resonator as it amplifies the frequency from the vibration of the strings. Most musical instruments have a resonator that gives it a distinctive sound.

Shaping Sound (07:38)

The human voice has a greater ability to shape sound than any man-made instrument. Opera singer Lesley Garrett visits a throat specialist to have her larynx examined. The throat and mouth is the sound resonator for the human voice.

Ocean Sounds (06:03)

The nature of sound in the ocean is hidden from everyday life. Water is an acoustic mirror; sound underneath the surface stays underneath. A marine biologist explores how sound behavis underwater.

Range of Hearing (04:36)

Many sounds exist outside the range of human hearing, which is about the range of a piano. Dolphin communicate using ultrasound.

What is Infrasound? (07:28)

Infrasound is too deep for humans to hear. Volcanic eruptions create a supersonic sound that is heard as an explosion and an infrasound that humans cannot hear.

Credits: Making Sound (00:46)

Credits: Making Sound

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Making Sound

Part of the Series : Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics
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Dr. Helen Czerski investigates the extraordinary science behind sounds we're familiar with and sounds we normally can't hear. At the Palace of Westminster, she teams up with scientists from the University of Leicester to carry out state-of-the-art measurements to reveal how Big Ben vibrates to create pressure waves in the air at particular frequencies. With soprano singer Lesley Garrett, Helen explores the science of the singing voice. At the summit of Stromboli, Helen and volcanologist Dr. Jeffrey Johnson use a special microphone to record the extraordinary deep tone produced by the volcano as it explodes—a frequency far too low for the human ear to detect. Finally, at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy, Helen meets a scientist who has discovered evidence of sound waves in space created by a giant black hole. These sounds are one million billion times lower than the limit of human hearing and could be the key to figuring out how galaxy clusters grow.

Length: 49 minutes

Item#: BVL145443

ISBN: 978-1-64347-204-1

Copyright date: ©2017

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