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Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics

Posted on 15/03/2017

Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics with Dr helen Czerski

BBC 4 visited Royal Holloway for its programme Sound Waves: The Symphony of Physics recreating the famous Chladni Plate experiment, using specialist equipment which has its home at the university.

A German physicist and musician, Ernst Chladni conducted some of the first experiments measuring the speed of sound using vibrating plates to show the effect of sound on visible particles. BBC 4 visited Royal Holloway to recreate the experiment, using a modern-day plate to help visualise sound waves using sand.

Watch the show in full on the BBC's iPlayer.

Physics with Music at Royal Holloway

Music and physics have more in common than you may think at Royal Holloway, with a combined course of the two of the subjects available to study over 3 years. One of the University of London's major centres for physics teaching and research, with research strengths including Quantum physics, condensed matter and particle physics, Physics is studied as the major subject.

This degree is run jointly with the Department of Music, where expert academics have worked hard to build excellent industry connections. Alongside music composition, theory and analysis, together with historical musicology, and issues that shape contemporary music, the course provides a combination of art and science as bought to life in the BBC's Symphony of Physics.

Learn more about the opportunities to study here.


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