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Stereo Sound


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Stereo Sound

We listen to stereo music systems, tv's, and radios because it simulates being where the sound originates. Sound is simply arriving at one ear before the other and you instinctively know its direction. Use a tube and a pencil to simulate a simple stereo effect.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
Under 5 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • One 3-foot (1-meter) length of hose measuring 1 inch (2.5 centimeters) or more in diameter (pool/spa hose shown in photo works well)
  • A pencil
  • A partner

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
      • Perception
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound

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