Wd-4 Resonance Smashing of a Wine Glass
Published: Wednesday 15 March 2006 - Updated: Wednesday 30 March 2011
To smash a wine glass using sound waves at the resonant frequency.
- Signal generator
- Horn loudspeaker
- P.A. Amplifier
- Stand and cabinet
- Wine glass
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Smashing a Wine Glass
A clean wine glass is positioned a few centimetres from the horn loudspeaker in the cabinet shown above. A light mirror rests against the rim and acts as a detector of resonance. The frequency of the signal generator is swept slowly through the 1000 1600 range until resonance is indicated by a circular Lissajous figure projected on the screen. At this point the amplifier output is increased whereby the glass will explode under the action of the rim oscillations.