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Flying circus of physics

Chapter 3:

Hiding Under The Covers, Listening For The Monsters

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  • 3.1 Howling of the wind
  • 3.2 Singing of telephone wires and pine needles  update Feb 2011
  • 3.3 Whistles and whistling
  • 3.4 Speaking and singing   update Feb 2012
  • 3.5 Speaking with helium
  • 3.6 Throat singing
  • 3.7 Snoring
  • 3.8 Purring and roaring
  • 3.9 Short Story: Sound from a Parasaurolophus dinosaur  update Aug 2007  Oct 2007  May 2014
  • 3.10 Sounds of tigers and elephants
  • 3.11 Bullfrog croaking
  • 3.12 Crickets and spiny lobsters
  • 3.13 Frog playing a tree; cricket playing a burrow
  • 3.14 Attack of the Australian cicadas
  • 3.15 Penguin voices
  • 3.16 Whale clicks
  • 3.17 Reflection tone
  • 3.18 Long-distance sound
  • 3.19 Acoustic shadows
  • 3.20 Hearing the Soviet subs
  • 3.21 Cheerleader’s horn, foghorns
  • 3.22 Direction of a whisper
  • 3.23 Doppler shift
  • 3.24 Bat finding an insect       update April 2007
  • 3.25 Bat finding a flower
  • 3.26 Hearing underwater
  • 3.27 Cocktail-party effect    update Oct 2006
  • 3.28 Sound emitted by the ears
  • 3.29 Music in your head
  • 3.30 Noise-induced hearing loss
  • 3.31 Sound enhanced by noise
  • 3.32 Stethoscopes and respiratory sounds
  • 3.33 Tightening guitar strings and rubber bands
  • 3.34 Bowing a violin
  • 3.35 Flashing brilliance of a violin
  • 3.36 Conch shells
  • 3.37 Didgeridoo
  • 3.38 Silo quaking and honking
  • 3.39 Singing corrugated tubes
  • 3.40 Coffee mug acoustics
  • 3.41 Bottle resonance     update Jan 2009
  • 3.42 Fingers on a chalk board
  • 3.43 Rubbing wineglasses    update Mar 2008   Dec 2014
  • 3.44 Shattering wineglasses with voice    update Nov 2007
  • 3.45 Murmuring brooks and rain noise
  • 3.46 Jar and beaker resonance
  • 3.47 Rumbling from plumbing
  • 3.48 Knuckle cracking
  • 3.49 Korotkoff sounds
  • 3.50 Attack of the killer shrimp   update Oct 2006
  • 3.51 Sounds of boiling water
  • 3.52 Food crushing sounds
  • 3.53 Snap, crackle, and pop    update Nov 2013
  • 3.54 Sonic booms from aircraft and bullets  update June 2007  Oct 2010   Jul 2011
  • 3.55 Sonic booms from train tunnels
  • 3.56 Thunder
  • 3.57 Brontides---mysterious booms from the sky
  • 3.58 Rockfall and tree downing
  • 3.59 Popping bull whips and wet towels
  • 3.60 Coughing and sneezing
  • 3.61 Acoustics of rooms and concert halls
  • 3.62 Whispering galleries in various enclosures
  • 3.63 Whispering gallery in St. Paul’s Cathedral
  • 3.64 Echoes from walls, corners, and forest groves
  • 3.65 Musical echoes from stairs and fences    update Nov 2006
  • 3.66 Short story: Acoustics of ancient structures   update Nov 2006
  • 3.67 Singing in the shower
  • 3.68 Noisy upstairs neighbor
  • 3.69 Booming sand and squeaking sand   update Oct 2006
  • 3.70 Cracking ice and bergy seltzer
  • 3.71 Audibility through snow
  • 3.72 Sounds of walking in snow
  • 3.73 “Can you hear the shape of a drum?”
  • 3.74 Infrasound
  • 3.75 Sounds of corn growing
  • 3.76 Snapping cloth sounds
  • 3.77 Culvert whistlers     update Jun 2012
  • 3.78 Slinky whistlers
  • 3.79 Rifle-shot noises in permafrost regions
  • 3.80 Hearing auroras and fireballs
  • 3.81 Australian bullroarer       Click on new to get the following new items (not in the book)
  • 3.82 Strange sounds of stone hitting ice     Nov 2006    Jan 2013
  • 3.83 Sounds of putting     Dec 2006
  • 3.84 Fizzing in a glass    Jan 2007
  • 3.85 Sound mirrors to detect incoming enemy aircraft     Mar 2007
  • 3.86 Acoustic sculpture    June 2007
  • 3.87 Sounds of splashing    June 2007
  • 3.88 Musical roads   Oct 2008
  • 3.89 Whoopee cushions   Mar 2009
  • 3.90 Blowing raspberries  Sep 2009
  • 3.91 Vegetable and fruit musical instruments  Jan 2010
  • 3.92 Turning rude and crude noises into music   Sep 2010 
  • 3.93 Pub trick --- popping a plastic straw   Dec 2011
  • 3.94 Cell phone camera inside a guitar    May 2014
  • Chapter 1Slipping Between Falling Drops(MOTION)
  • Chapter 2Racing On The Ceiling, Swimming Through Syrup(FLUIDS)
  • Chapter 3Hiding Under The Covers, Listening For The Monsters(SOUND)
  • Chapter 4Striking At The Heat In The Night(THERMAL PROCESS)
  • Chapter 5Ducking First A Flash And Then A Roar (ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM)
  • Chapter 6Splashing Colors Everywhere, Like A Rainbow(OPTICS)
  • Chapter 7Armadillos Dancing Against A Swollen Moon(VISION)
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