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Video: How does this work?

  1. May 22, 2006 #1
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  3. May 22, 2006 #2


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    The entire plate can't vibrate with a single node at high frequencies, so multiple nodes are formed. The higher the frequency the more the nodes. At most frequencies, the nodes keep moving around, but at some frequencies, due to harmonics, the nodes stablize and don't move. The salt accumulates between nodes where there is little movement, and outlines the borders between nodes.

    The patterns also depend on how the plate is mounted (to a solid object, or suspended by wires), and where the plate is mounted (at the center, at the corners, ...)

    If you do a web search for vibrating plate salt, you find a lot of links, like this one:

    http://www.glenbrook.k12.il.us/GBSSCI/PHYS/CLASS/sound/u11l4c.html [Broken]
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  4. May 22, 2006 #3
    Thanks...nice link, too.
  5. May 24, 2006 #4
    Those looked like hyperbolas at the beginning
  6. May 24, 2006 #5


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    Strangely reminiscent of crop circles. Hmmm....:uhh:
  7. May 24, 2006 #6
    Almost, but notice that the patterns in crop circles have sharp distinct boundaries (i.e. stalks that are flattened are right next to upright ones, there arent usually any that ware partially bent), whereas the resonant patterns dissipate away from the nodes (although quite sharply in some examples)
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