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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 warranty-voiding DIYer and all around geek. When he's not documenting mods and hacks he's doing his best to make sure a generation of college students graduate knowing they should put their pants on one leg at a time and go on to greatness, just like Bruce Dickinson. 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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