Just press Play, you mean?
[Voiceover] Yeah, go for it.
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
– 上边有多少洞？ – 2500
-2,500 in this Pyro Board? -Yeah.
– 这块火焰板上有2500个？ – 没错
-So we’re gonna see 2,500 little flames. -Yeah.
– 所以一会儿能看见2500簇小火焰 – 是
So, do you want to light it up?
Yes, I really want to light it up.
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 down
And then we can just try to find the standing wave.
This is below the normal standing wave.
See that? It’s really difficult to see that.
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.
So this is like the fundamental.
It’s the fundamental.
Can you show me what happens when you vary the volume a little bit?
Whoa! That was awesome.
Okay, should we try to find another standing wave?
You can see it.
You can hear it before you can see it.
It’s weird. With the microphones, I can actually hear,
不可思议啊 通过麦克风 我就可以听见
like here, I’m in a node,
and then here, I’m in an anti-node. Here I’m in a node.
然后是这里 我在波腹 这里又是波节了
Because you can measure the sound pressure?
I can hear it.
Like here is very much an anti-node.
I never thought about that.
-This is a node, and you guys can hear it. -That’s true.
–这是一个波节 你们能听见 –确实
It’s incredible. The flames must be coming out in the anti-nodes.
The flames are coming up in the anti-nodes, yeah.
You can even hear it.
-Yeah It’s nice that it can do that. -That’s incredible
-That is awesome. -We just learned something.
– 太酷了 – 我们也学到了点东西
What happens if we try to go higher frequency?
Yeah. We have something. Oh, that’s a good one.
这里有点儿东西 噢 效果还不错
That is crazy. We’re right in the anti-node.
Is your ears okay?
My ears are hurting now.
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.
– Let’s put some music on there. You ready? – Go.
–让我们放起音乐吧 准备好了吗 –来吧
[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.
– And 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. – It’s great.
Ahoy. That is the actual Czech word for hello.
I have made it to Olomouc in the Czech Republic,
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Also, I should note that I will be hosting Michio Kaku
in Brisbane and Melbourne on June 5th and 6th.
Links in the doobly-doo. I would love to see you there.
Thank you so much for watching,
and I will see you somewhere else in the world.
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