BBC Learning Zone Clips

CLIP 8417

Blowing the house down with sound waves

Blowing the house down with sound waves
Key Info
  • Blowing the house down with sound waves
  • Duration: 01:02
  • An experiment into the power of sound waves. Can presenter Jem achieve what the Big Bad Wolf could not, and blow down a house of brick with his homemade vortex cannon? Jem creates a sound wave cannon which produces a powerful shockwave with impressive results. Published as part of the Bang Goes the Theory website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
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  • Keywords: air, pressure, forces, destruction, sound wave, BangGoesTheTheory
Ideas for use in class
  • Use clip as part of a general discussion on sound and how it travels through air. Pupils share their theories about how the weapon works. Ask pupils to design their own sound wave cannons and test. Pupils create their own investigations. Pupils explain what they have observed via labelled diagrams.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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