Sound Pendulum


This consists of a graduated arc, a pendulum with a hard rubber bob, and a block of ebony, so designed that the intensity of the sound produced, when the bob hits the block, is proportional to the height of fall of the bob. The first device of this sort was made by Alfred W. Volkmann (1800-1877), a German physiologist.

Ref: C. H. Stoelting Co., Psychological and Physiological Apparatus and Supplies (Chicago, 1930), p. 37.

Date Made: around 1900

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Cornell University Department of Psychology

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.300427.007Catalog Number: 300427.007Accession Number: 300427

Object Name: Pendulum, Soundsound pendulummemory drumOther Terms: Pendulum, Sound; Diagnostic Medicine

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)cloth (overall material)ebony (overall material)Measurements: overall: 39.5 cm x 14.8 cm x 52.6 cm; 15 9/16 in x 5 13/16 in x 20 11/16 in


Record Id: nmah_727651

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