Educational Resources

Below is a list of educational resources including animations and explanations of acoustical phenomena.


Mechanical drawings of homemade Tinfoil Phonograph available for download. -photo credit: Jason Sagers

Homemade Reproduction of Edison’s Tinfoil Phonograph– Learn more about Thomas Edison’s Tinfoil Phonograph, and how to make your own!







Longitudinal waves

Animated demonstration of acoustic longitudinal waves. -photo credit ISVR

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR)-Teaching material on waves and acoustics with animated demos created by C. Maury, M. C. M. Wright and P. A. Nelson at ISVR (Institute of Sound and Vibration Research), University of Southampton






Doppler effect

Animated demonstration of the Doppler Effect. -photo credit: Dr. Dan Russell Penn State University

Acoustics and Vibration Animations Penn State -Visit Professor Russell’s website to view animations illustrating acoustics and vibration








How Speakers Make Sound

Animated demonstrations of how speakers create sound. -photo credit:

How Speakers Make Sound-Animation and in-depth description on the mechanics of a loudspeaker








Vocal sound production

Animation of vocal sound production. -photo credit: PHYSCLIPS

PHYSCLIPS, School of Physics, Sydney Australia UNSW-The School of Physics in Sydney Australia provides animations to demonstrate acoustical phenomena on their website





National museum of history

Historic instrument to demonstrate wave propagation. -photo credit: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

National Museum of American History: Acoustics Instruments from the Smithsonian Videos-Steven Turner of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History presents acoustical instruments from the Smithsonian Scientific Instrument Collection