3D40.19-2 - Musical Saw

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Musical Saw
Resonance in Solids
Area of Study:
Musical Saws, bows, bowing rod, mallet, and rosin.

The instructions are in the file on how to hold the saws and where to bow or strike on them.  Practice will be needed for this demo.

Listen to  the CD of the Musical Saw being played in the Music files and tapes cabinet.

  • Henry Levinstein, "The Physics of Toys", TPT, Vol. 20, #6, Sept. 1982, p. 358, also a Potpourri of Physics Teaching Ideas - Toys, p. 269.
  • Pat Murphy, Ellen Macaulay, and the staff of the Exploratorium, Exploratopia, p. 205.
  • Stewart Russell, "An Introduction to the Musical Saw", https://scruss.com/enterprise.net/musicalsaw.html, 2002.

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