Science Is Magic: Sound Seemingly Freezes Water!

A neat trick that makes magic where 24fps and 24hz meet.

What you see in the video above isn't what you would see if you were in the room when this neat experiment was going down. What's happening is that the 24hz sine wave being played by the speaker is perfectly aligning with the 24fps of the camera to create this illusion. Here are instructions from the video on how to do it yourself:

Fill a bucket full of water and place it about 5 feet off the ground. Place a subwoofer about 1 foot lower than the bucket. Run a plastic tube from the top bucket down in front of the subwoofer. Tape the tube to the front of the speaker. Then aim the end of the tube to an empty bucket on the floor. Get the water flowing from the top bucket. Now just generate a 24 hz sine wave and set your camera to 24 fps and watch the magic happen. Basically your cameras frame rate is synced up with the rate of the vibrations of the water so it appears to be frozen or still. Now if you play a 23 hz sine wave your frame rate will be off just a little compared to the sine wave causing the water to "move backward" or so as it appears. You can play a 25 hz sine wave and cause the water to move slowly foward.

Source: Awesomer
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