Wave World

Jon Chase meets a range of individuals who are using wave science to do things in the real world: destroying glasses, creating images, powering cars and recording music. A BBC production.

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Wave World Can a singer smash a glass using sound waves? New

Jon Chase challenges young opera singers in Cardiff to smash glasses with their voices. After measuring the natural frequency of the glass, can the singers match it with enough power to smash it? The results are spectacular slowed down 300 times. Smashing things with sound waves isn’t just for fun. In medicine, sound waves can smash painful, hard growths inside ...
  • 2015
  • 00:05:55
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/04/2019

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Wave World How light makes the colours we see New

Jon Chase is at Leeds College of Art. The art students here know a thing or two about colour, so they’re taking part in an experiment. Can they work out what happens when light reflects off paints of different colours? One team of students paints the words RED, GREEN and BLUE, in each of the colours, red, green and blue. ...
  • 2015
  • 00:04:46
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Wave World The GB surfing team demonstrate different types of waves New

Jon Chase is on Croyde Beach in Devon, headquarters of the junior GB surfing team. His mission is to find out what different types of waves there are and how they work. With Britain's best young surfers, Jon investigates sea waves. How come the waves travel towards the shore but the sea water does not? Using demonstrations on the beach ...
  • 2015
  • 00:03:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/04/2019

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Wave World Using light waves to make an image New

Reece McCready is an award-winning young photographer who specializes in portraits. Presenter Jon Chase joins him and his subject, Lola, to see how they use light waves. As Reece uses his camera and lighting gear, Jon follows exactly what happens to the light waves on their journey from light, to Lola, to camera. Jon investigates the two sorts of reflection ...
  • 2015
  • 00:04:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Wave World What do a solar-powered car and a green plant have in common? New

Jon Chase joins engineering students at Cambridge University hoping to win a race across Australia in their solar-powered car. Today they are testing the 110 km/h car on an airfield. They need as much power as possible, so the team uses solar cells normally used in space to power satellites. Jon discovers how the cells use light to make electricity. ...
  • 2015
  • 00:04:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/04/2019

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Wave World What happens to sound waves when you record a song? New

Jon Chase joins singer-songwriter Charlie-Anne Bradfield in the studio as she performs her song 'Butterfly'. As Charlie-Anne sings, Jon traces the path of the sound waves. He builds a large model to see how the sound waves travel through air. Jon's microphone made out of a plastic cup works just like the real one, turning sound into electrical waves. After ...
  • 2015
  • 00:05:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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