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7: Standing Waves In Tubes - 1 7: S OUND W AVES IN T UBES I NTRODUCTION So far we have studied oscillations and waves on springs and strings. We have done this because it is comparatively easy to observe wave behavior directly in these media. Sound is also a wave. In this lab we will study the behavior of sound waves in tubes. It is important that you compare the things you observe in this lab to your observations of the more easily visible waves in previous labs. Wave behavior is universal. A. T RAVELING W AVES IN T UBES 1. Getting Ready Measure the length of your tube to the nearest millimeter. L = Then close one end of the tube. To do this, first completely seal off the end with masking tape such that it is nearly air tight. Then tape the plastic slide over the tape closure you have already made. This prevents your tape closure from being flexed by the pressure waves within the tube. 2. Hooking up the Pulse Generator You can make pulses of sound with a pulse generator . You are provided with a pulse generator which is similar to the function generator you have been using, except that it only generates square pulses of various widths and spacings. a. Hook the VARiable output of the 4001 Pulse Generator to the speaker. b. There are two time adjustments on the pulse generator: Pulse Spacing and Pulse Width. Pulse Width Pulse Spacing Each one has a control knob with a course setting (gray outer knob), which clicks into place, and a fine setting (inside of the gray course knob), which is continuously variable. Set the Pulse Spacing to 100 ms and turn the fine adjustment fully clockwise. Set the Pulse Width to 10 μ s and turn the fine adjustment to 10 o’clock.
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