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Exploring the Science of Acoustics
 

Exploring the Science of Acoustics

When you hear the word acoustics, what comes to mind? Music in an auditorium? Sonar detecting objects underwater? The technology used to study speech and hearing?

Those are just a few of the different branches of acoustics. Explore the science of sound and the variety of available careers.

Acoustical Society of America
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Music of the Future

Music of the Future

Swiss scientists and artists have found a way to turn almost any surface into a musical instrument. More...

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Science News for Students
Bad Vibes: Nails on a Chalkboard

Bad Vibes: Nails on a Chalkboard

Most people don't need to hear the sound of fingernails scraping a blackboard to cringe. What makes this sound so horrible to our ears? Check out the research. More...

Article
Bad Vibes
Dangerous Decibels

Dangerous Decibels

How loud is too loud? Take a closer look at how sound is made and measured — and what different numbers can mean for your ears. More...

Interactive
Oregon Health & Science University
Pitch and Frequency

Pitch and Frequency

The frequency of sound waves determines whether we can hear them, but also whether we like what we hear. More...

Article
The Physics Classroom
Scientist Profile: Audio Engineer

Scientist Profile: Audio Engineer

Meet Joseph Pompei, an audio engineer who's figured out how to "steer" sounds by aiming them only where he wants the waves to go with his "Audio Spotlight" device. More...

Profile
DragonflyTV/PBS
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Scientists Revive Sacred Sounds

Scientists Revive Sacred Sounds

Find out how researchers are trying to unravel the mysteries of ancient acoustics from England's Stonehenge to Mexico's Chichen Itza temple. More...

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NBC
Melbourne Recital Centre

Melbourne Recital Centre

How do you build a concert hall that provides every listener with a great musical experience? By putting the science of acoustics to work. More...

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Sound Gallery

Sound Gallery

Can you see sound? You bet. Take a look at the many ways sound can create an image. More...

Images
Acoustical Society of America
Spider Silk Spun into Violin Strings

Spider Silk Spun into Violin Strings

Violin strings made from spider silk have impressed some professional violinists. Hear a spider solo here. More...

Article
BBC
Acoustics FAQ

Acoustics FAQ

What is the loudest sound? Why does helium make your voice sound strange? How can people sing two notes at once? Get answers to those questions and many more. More...

Article
University of New South Wales
Cup Speaker

Cup Speaker

Turn a paper cup into a speaker and find out how it works by watching this series of 3 short videos. More...

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Exploratorium
Dangerous Decibels: Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Dangerous Decibels: Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

Walk away. Turn it down. Protect your ears. Get details about the three best things you can do to protect your hearing. Then meet Jolene, a system for measuring the sound levels of personal stereo systems. More...

Article
Oregon Health & Science University
Introduction to Acoustics Instruments

Introduction to Acoustics Instruments

A curator from the National Museum of American History demonstrates tuning forks, resonators, and other scientific instruments that have increased our understanding of acoustics since ancient times. More...

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Smithsonian
Kelly Benoit-Bird

Kelly Benoit-Bird

Meet a marine biologist who uses sound and acoustics to study how animals in the ocean "find their food while trying to avoid becoming someone else's dinner." More...

Profile
MacArthur Foundation
Science of Sound

Science of Sound

Our experience of an acoustical environment depends on how frequencies and amplitudes of all the sounds interact. Take a look at the study of soundscapes in national parks. More...

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National Park Service
Sound

Sound

Play with sound waves. Change their amplitude and frequency. Combine and bounce them. See and hear what you've done. More...

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PhET
Synthesizers

Synthesizers

A music synthesizer can sound like a piano, a drum, a bird, or something no one has heard before. But a musician still has to play it. More...

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