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Different Objects Absorb Sound in a Different Manner

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Different Objects Absorb Sound in a Different Manner


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You will discover how to expand your knowledge of waves by studying the interaction of sound waves with different materials.

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Now You Know

After completing this tutorial, you will be able to complete the following:

  • Explain how different objects absorb sound.

Everything You'll Have Covered

In a two-story home, why do you think most people prefer to have carpet on the floors of their second-story rooms?

~ Most people probably prefer to have carpet in their second-story rooms because second-story noise is absorbed more with carpet on the floor than it is with wood or tile on the floors. This makes it quieter on the first floor.

Which material absorbs the most sound: paper, cloth, or plastic foam?

~ Cloth absorbs the most sound.

Which material absorbs the least amount of sound: paper, cloth, or plastic foam?

~ Paper absorbs the least amount of sound.

Tutorial Details

Approximate Time 2 Minutes
Pre-requisite Concepts Students should have a general understanding of the following terms: absorption and sound.
Course Physics
Type of Tutorial Animation
Key Vocabulary absorption, sound,