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Wine Glass Resonance


Resonance between two wine glasses causes vibrations moving the match stick. Classes Used: Phys 341, SCIENCE ONE

waves, resonance

Online Video links: Video 1 Video 2


To demonstrate that two glasses tuned to the same tone will vibrate together even though only one is played.


Two or more glass goblets, water, toothpick or match stick


  • Two glasses are filled with the same amount of water.
  • Place the glasses side by side so that at the closest point they are approximately 1cm apart (a little less is even better as long as they do not touch).
  • The match stick is balanced along the rim of one of the glasses.
  • Wet a fingertip and rub it around the edge of the other glass to create a tone.


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demonstrations/3_oscillations_and_waves/wine_glass_resonance/start.txt · Last modified: 2020/03/16 20:21 by demoroom