Singing Plates - Standing Waves on Chladni Plates

Here's a short video that hits all the high notes! Young scientists observe as amazing patterns appear in sand during a short demonstration. In addition to art and music, the resource explains standing waves, nodes, and how a 3-D model of Chladni plates can levitate objects with sound.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Make room for the video in a waves and frequencies unit
  • Pass out Slinkys and have the class experiment with standing waves
Classroom Considerations

  • The resource requires little prior knowledge about waves

  • The patterns produced by the waves are unique and beautiful
  • Narrator clearly explains each part of the demonstration

  • None
Common Core