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The science of sound and music
Levine, Shar, 1953-
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub., [2000]

Physical Description:
80 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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It's music to your ears--but why does one instrument make a different sound than another? What separates music from noise? Why can we physically feel the beat of a big, bass drum in our bodies? And, how do we hear tone and rhythm? Uncovering the answers to these questions is a symphony of fun, and an entertaining way to understand physics and math! Each of these safe and "sound" experiments--delightfully illustrated with lively, colorful pages filled to bursting with photographs, drawings, and cartoons--uses ordinary materials to teach fabulous facts about the bangs, slaps, whistles, claps, and harmonies in our world. Study sound waves; play with changes in pitch; confuse the brain into thinking you're hearing something when you're not; and test out your vocal chords. Entertaining to look at and enjoyable to do!

Author Notes

Shar Levine is an award-winning and best-selling author of science books for children. She also writes newspaper and magazine articles on kids and business
Leslie Johnstone is a freelance writer and a high school science teacher

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. This book explores the physics of sound through a series of activities using fairly common materials, such as drinking glasses, metal coat hangers, rubber bands, and wooden dowels. Each presentation includes a short introduction, a list of materials, step-by-step directions illustrated with color photos, and a discussion of what happened. Jaunty, ink-and-wash illustrations appear throughout the book. Useful supplemental material for science collections. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-A thorough, inviting look at what sound and music are all about. Levine and Johnstone present 34 easy-to-do activities that demonstrate the scientific concepts behind sound waves, pitch, acoustics, scales, etc. Each activity includes full-color photos and cartoon artwork that add appeal and interest. It's best (though not essential) to work through the chapters from beginning to end. This title would be equally at home if cataloged in 534 (sound) or 781 (music). It includes more information than Alex Sabbeth's Rubber-Band Banjos and a Java Jive Bass (Wiley, 1997).-Linda Beck, Indian Valley Public Library, Telford, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Note to Parents and Teachersp. 5
Safety First!p. 6
Materialsp. 7
What is Sound?p. 8
Clap Your Hand(s)!p. 9
Do the Wavep. 11
All Fall Downp. 13
Good Vibrationsp. 15
Hey Pitcher, Pitcher!p. 17
Keep Your Ear to the Groundp. 19
Coming and Goingp. 21
Hello, Hellop. 22
Put a Lid on Itp. 24
Maiging Sense of Soundp. 26
I'm All Earsp. 27
Beat of a Different Drummerp. 30
Where Are You?p. 32
Knot Hear!p. 33
Balancing Actp. 35
Direct Connectionp. 36
Shake, Rattle, and Roll!p. 38
Say "Ah!"p. 40
Vocal "Chords"p. 42
Mystery Voicesp. 44
Music to My Earsp. 46
That Doggone Talent!p. 47
Stretched to the Limitp. 49
You Can Tune a Piano, but You Can't Tuna Fishp. 51
Spouting Bowlp. 53
Is It Live?p. 55
Timber!p. 58
Pick-Up Sticksp. 60
Instrumental Accompanimentp. 62
Band on the Runp. 63
Knock on Woodp. 65
Sticky Stuffp. 67
The Ringing of Bellsp. 69
Rimshotp. 72
Rainsticksp. 74
"Canned" Musicp. 75
Reed My Lipsp. 77
Glossaryp. 78
Indexp. 80

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