Musical Fire Table!
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Musical Fire Table!

– Just press play, you mean? – [Voiceover] Yeah, go for it. Whoa! [Music] – Now, you may have seen a Ruben’s tube before.
That’s basically a pipe with a bunch of holes in it, and you pump in a flammable gas, and
light it on fire, so you basically create a row of Bunsen burners. What’s really cool
is to play some sounds into the tube, and you can actually set up standing waves. That
is, there are areas, there are patterns of the vibration of the air where there’s a lot
of vibration in some parts, and not very much vibration in other parts. Now, that affects
the flow rate of the gas inside that tube into the atmosphere, and so it affects the
height of those flames. So basically, you can visualize the standing wave pattern. I’m
currently in Denmark with a team of physics and chemistry demonstrators who have taken
this experiment to the next level. They’ve actually created a two-dimensional Ruben’s
tube, a whole plane of Bunsen burners, effectively. How many holes in this tube? – 2,500 – [Voiceover] 2,500 in this Pyro Board? – Yeah – [Voiceover] So we’re gonna see 2,500 little
flames. Yeah. So, do you want to light it up? – Yes, I really want to light it up. – [Voiceover] Why did you make this? – Because, we really liked the Ruben’s tube,
but then we thought, “when you put on more
fire, then it always gets better.” Let’s just turn [the frequency] down …and then we can just find the standing wave. So, this is below the normal standing wave – [Voiceover] So what are we seeing here? – It’s pretty much like the standing wave
on the Ruben’s tube. It’s just in this direction. This is the lowest frequency that makes a
standing wave in this pulse. – [Voiceover] So this is like the fundamental. – It’s the fundamental. – [Voiceover] Can you show me what happens
when you vary the volume a little bit? – [Voiceover] Whoa! That was awesome. Okay,
should we try to find another standing wave? – Yes You can see it. You can see
it. You can hear it before you can see it. – Woah – [Voiceover] It’s weird. With the microphones,
I can actually hear, like here, I’m in a node. And then here, I’m in an anti-node. Here I’m in
a node. – [Sune] Because you can measure the sound
pressure? – [Voiceover] I can hear it. Like here is
very much an anti-node. – [Sune] I never thought about that. – [Voiceover] This is a node, and you guys
can hear it. – [Sune] That’s true. – [Voiceover] It’s incredible. The flames
must be coming out in the anti-nodes. – The flames are coming up in the anti-nodes,
yeah. – [Voiceover] And you can even hear it. That’s
incredible. – Yeah It’s nice that it can do that. – [Voiceover] That is awesome. – [Sune] We just learned something. – [Voiceover] What happens if we try to go
higher frequency? – [Sune] Yeah. We have something. Oh, that’s
a good one. – [Voiceover] That is crazy. We’re right in
the anti-node. – [Sune] Is your ears okay? – [Voiceover] Oh, God! – My ears are hurting now. – [Voiceover] That was painful. Why don’t
we try to put something more pleasing to the ear through the speaker and see what happens. – I think that’s a good idea. – [Voiceover] Let’s put some music on there.
You ready? – Go. [Music with bass thumping] – So, you go around Denmark showing kids all
about physics? – We do. That’s what we do. – You show them the Pyro Board? – We show them the Pyro Board, and we show
them a whole lot of other stuff. – You guys are also on YouTube? – Yep, we have a YouTube channel. You can
go to this link, right here. – Go check it out if you want to see more
of what these guys are up to. It’s awesome. – [Sune] It’s great. – Ahoy. That is the actual Czech word for
hello. I have made it to Olomouc in the Czech Republic, and this is partly thanks to support
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love to see you there. Thank you so much for watching, and I will see you somewhere else
in the world. Bye.


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