Name That Harmonic: Open-End air Columns

Ever wonder what really goes on inside a clarinet? Show your young scientists the physics of open-end air columns through an easy-to-use interactive. Learners examine the features of standing waves and calculate frequency and length in a variety of scenarios to become music experts after using the engaging installment of a larger playlist covering sounds and waves.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the interactive as a follow up to the Strings Interactive from The Physics Classroom
  • What, exactly, is an open-end air column? Show some examples
Classroom Considerations
  • Make sure students are proficient in identifying features of standing waves 
  • The Help Me! button is perfect for pupils that need a hand but are reluctant to ask
  • Printable questions are great for quick quizzes or exit passes
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