Singing Tube Demonstration – Flinn Scientific Canada

Mysteriously play an organ pipe without an organ! This demonstration uses heated air to produce vibrations inside a long tube. The vibrations, in turn, produce standing sound waves with a unique tone, or timbre (ta˘mʹ br)—the same concept that produces sound from an organ pipe.

The open tubes in this demonstration act in a similar manner to the flue-type organ pipe (see Figure 5). In a flue-type organ pipe, a stream of air is directed against a sharp edge in an opening of the pipe. The sharp edge creates turbulent, complicated swirls of air which set up vibrations in the air column.

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