3A10.21 - Metronome

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Keeping the Beat
Area of Study:
Metronome and Electronic Metronome.

The metronome is nothing more than an adjustable pendulum that can be set to a constant time interval. Two or three times a year the wooden case of the metronome should be oiled as it will crack and break if the wood dries out and shrinks.

The electronic metronome can be regulated by adjusting the knob. Audible clicks should be heard.

  • James Pantaleone, "Synchronization of Metronomes", AJP, Vol. 70, # 10, Oct. 2002, p. 992.
  • So-1:  Freier and Anderson,  A Demonstration Handbook for Physics.
  • Holger Hennig, Ragnar Fleischmann, Theo Geisel, "Musical Rhythms: The Science of Being Slightly Off", Physics Today, July 2012, p. 64.

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