Singing Plates - Standing Waves on Chladni Plates

Here's a short video that hits all the high notes! Young scientists observe as amazing patterns appear in sand during a short demonstration. In addition to art and music, the resource explains standing waves, nodes, and how a 3-D model of Chladni plates can levitate objects with sound.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Make room for the video in a waves and frequencies unit
  • Pass out Slinkys and have the class experiment with standing waves
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource requires little prior knowledge about waves
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • The patterns produced by the waves are unique and beautiful
  • Narrator clearly explains each part of the demonstration
  • None
Common Core