Purpose: To demonstrate the physics of sound such as vibrations by making a kazoo. To learn more about sound see Sound for Kids.
The sound of your voice seems to be made louder by humming into the kazoo because the kazoo vibrates with the sound of your voice. Your voice is a complex sound wave that contains a lot of different sounds all put together so that they sound like one sound. Scientists call the different sounds harmonics, and all those harmonics together are what make your voice sound different from someone else's. As your voice travels down the cardboard tube and reaches the wax paper, the wax paper vibrates and gets amplified (made louder). Not all the harmonics are amplified the same, so the kazoo actually changes the way your voice really sounds. When you hum into the kazoo, you get a completely different sound.
People have created many more sounds. Some of these sounds are called music, and music is created in lots of different ways. Many hundreds of years ago, people found that certain objects, such as metal wire, when plucked, produced a very pleasing sound. Over the years, people have created many musical instruments from that very simple sound.
Conduct a research activity to discover the origin of instruments.
Reference: NASA SciFiles
More Sound Experiments:
Sound Pitch - Learn how frequency effects sound and pitch.
Sound Waves - See how sound waves propagate.
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