Variables That Affect the Speed of Sound
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Audience: Educators and Students
Grades: K-8
Year: 2000


This NASA video segment explores the factors that affect the speed of sound. The segment is part of the NASA SCIFiles program, which features the Tree House Detectives, a group of young students who work together to solve everyday problems. In this segment the detectives work with Dr. D., a neighborhood scientist, and learn that temperature and the medium through which it travels affect the speed of sound.

Variables That Affect the Speed of Sound
Duration: 2 minutes 47 seconds
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This video clip is part of the NASA SCIence Files™ The Case of the Barking Dogs DVD that may be ordered from the Central Operation of Resources for Educators, or CORE  →.

Other video learning clips in this series:
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 1
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 2
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 3
The Case of the Barking Dog, Episode 4
Problem-Solving Using the Scientific Method
Investigating the Properties of Sound
Following the Scientific Method: Collecting, Organizing and Analyzing Data
Our Ears and How They Work
The Effect of Sound Levels on the Human Ear
The Hearing Ability of Dogs
NASA's Anechoic Chamber for Sound Research
Experimenting With Echoes
Understanding Sonic Booms
How and Why Bats Use High-Frequency Sounds to Navigate
Demonstrating the Difference Between High- and Low-Frequency Sounds