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Mercury and Sound Waves [Video]

In this video a tone generator is used to shoot specific frequencies through a large drop of mercury which results in a wide array of unique shapes and patterns created by standing waves–but really, you need to see it to appreciate it.

The experiment, put together by Nick Moore, combines a glass dish, a drop of mercury, and a old tone generator to demonstrate standing waves in 3D. Check out the video above to see the experiment in full speed or hit up his YouTube channel to see a remix with music (and other cool science experiment videos).

Mercury Hz [via Mental_Floss]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 07/5/12

Comments (2)

  1. Jack

    Very interesting. There must be some use for this in manufacturing hearing aids that actually work – to be able to see a standing wave

  2. Bill

    It would be interesting to see what the mercury would look like using music.

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