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Cracking a glass by singing

Have you ever seen a glass being shattered by someone singing a top C, in a movie at least? To see whether it really is possible to crack a glass with just a sound, Sleek Geeks engage the help of real-life Australian opera singer Jane Parkin.

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What is a sound spectrum?

Learn how sounds can be represented graphically as a sound spectrum. Discover how the sound spectra of different instruments are different, even though they play the same note. See how a sound wave can be analysed as the sum of a fundamental frequency and numerous harmonics. This resource consists of a web page with text, ...

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Making music

Make musical notes by plucking a stringed instrument. Explore how a vibrating string creates pressure waves through the air. Look at graphs showing sounds as a waveform. Explore the relationships between string length, musical pitch and wave frequency. Compare musical notes with soundwave patterns and predict one from the ...

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Making music: free play

Make musical notes by plucking a stringed instrument. Explore how a vibrating string creates pressure waves through the air. Look at graphs showing sounds as a waveform. Explore the relationships between string length, musical pitch and wave frequency. Compare musical notes with soundwave patterns. This learning object ...

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Making music: match that sound

Make musical notes by plucking a stringed instrument. Explore how a vibrating string creates pressure waves through the air. Look at graphs showing sounds as a waveform. Explore the relationships between string length, musical pitch and wave frequency. Compare musical notes with soundwave patterns and predict one from the ...

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Making music: match that tune

Make musical notes by plucking a stringed instrument. Explore how a vibrating string creates pressure waves through the air. Look at graphs showing sounds as a waveform. Explore the relationships between string length, musical pitch and wave frequency. Compare musical notes with soundwave patterns and predict one from the ...

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Making music: make a tune

Make musical notes by plucking a stringed instrument. Explore how a vibrating string creates pressure waves through the air. Look at graphs showing sounds as a waveform. Explore the relationships between string length, musical pitch and wave frequency. Compare musical notes with soundwave patterns. Compose your own tune ...

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Seeing with sound: sound lab tour

Explore how sound travels as a wave. Examine diagrams and simulations to answer a series of questions about sound properties. For example, identify the effects of compression waves on the vibration speed of particles. Test the effects of changing wave properties: frequency, wavelength and amplitude. Transmit sounds in a ...

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Seeing with sound

Explore how sound travels as a wave. Examine diagrams and simulations; answer questions about sound properties. Test the effects of changing wave properties: frequency, wavelength and amplitude. Transmit sounds in a range of mediums: air, water, steel or a vacuum. Find out how echolocation works. Measure speed and direction ...

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Cole's Book Arcade symphonion, c1890

This video features curator David Demant exploring the workings of a symphonion (a mechanical music player) that had been used in the Cole's Book Arcade in around 1890. It is now in the Museum Victoria collection. The video's duration is 3 min 5 sec.

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Sound waves measure ocean temperatures

View how scientists use underwater sound waves to measure ocean temperature changes in the Indian Ocean. The animations show how the technology called acoustic thermometry works. Australian scientists are working with a global network of 'listening posts' to monitor the long-term effects of climate change on ocean temperatures.

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Making a mobile phone disco

Have you ever wondered how sound travels? Watch Ruben Meerman, the Surfing Scientist, as he makes a mini disco using his mobile phone to discover the answer.

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Primary Connections: Look! Listen!

This comprehensive teacher resource explores sources of light and sound, how they are produced and how light and sound travel. The role of light and sound in our lives and our community is developed through a series of collaborative inquiry-based learning activities. Eight structured lessons are included, with comprehensive ...

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Energy and forces - early years

This collection of 20 interactive learning objects introduces students to the concepts of forces and energy. It is organised into four categories - energy conversions; forms of energy; energy management; and forces. The learning objects enable students to build energy and food chains, design energy-efficient houses, and ...

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Energy - middle years

This collection of 23 digital curriculum resources is organised into three categories - energy conversions; forms of energy; and energy management. It includes learning objects enabling students to build energy-efficient houses and cars, construct energy chains, harness solar energy for heating, operate nuclear reactors, ...

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Energy transfers and transformations - practical activity

This practical activity is a round-robin experiment in which students rotate between different work stations where they investigate devices and processes in which energy transfers and energy transformations take place. The resource is one of 13 practical activities based around the broad themes of global warming, energy, ...

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Betelnut Bisnis, 2004: Trading buai

This clip shows the betelnut trade in Papua New Guinea. Jane and Lucas travel from a market in PNG to a coastal village to visit Jane's aunt, who grows betelnut (buai). Lucas chats with Jane's aunt while a boy is shown climbing a tree to harvest some betelnut. Lucas tastes the betelnut before purchasing some to take with ...

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Wiring: the series circuit

Investigate current flow in series electrical circuits. Explore the effects of switches and breaks in the circuit. Relate circuit diagrams to actual circuits. See how circuits can be modelled by water flow. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Wiring: the parallel circuit

Add components to complete parallel electrical circuits. Explore the effects of switches on current flows. Relate circuit diagrams to actual circuits. See how circuits can be modelled by water flow. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Moshi moshi: meeting up with your mates [Windows version]

Confirm arrangements for a social outing. Customise a mobile phone with your own welcome message, ring tones and other settings. Use phone menus and message logs to communicate with friends. Reply to text messages and voice mail by sending an address, calendar entry or photo. This learning object is one in a series of three ...