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Zoe, Lyric, and Haley

Brian Morgan- Science


Wave Project Lab Report
Room Size vs. Sound Interference
The experiment that our group chose to test was how different sizes of rooms affect the
interference of a high pitched noise.
Abstract:
The reasoning for us doing this project was to see if the size of a room actually mattered. During
this project we investigated the question Does the size of a room affect the high pitched sound
than the larger the room, the less interference between each sound wave will occur? We needed
to think of a question that would make our teacher, Brian, proud of us. It was a good question,
but he wasnt impressed with us. By us, I mean Haley, Zoe, and Lyric. He gave us ways of
making our project better and talked to our group almost every day. In the long run, he helped us
refine our project to the best it could be.
Introduction:
The experiment that we tested was sound and how it changes in different sized rooms. We chose
this because it seemed like an interested topic compared to other topics. We did it because we all
had an interest in music, and this seemed like it had real world implications such as if you
wanted to make a perfect sound room for playing and or listening to music. Depending on the
size of the room, the sound waves interference with each other might change. If the room is
large, they could happen less and less, until they are basically not running into each other, or if
the room in small, they could run into each other so much that its an entire room full of
interfering sound waves and nothing else.
Question/Hypothesis:
Our initial question to start this project was as follows: How does the shape of a room affect the
quality of the sound waves? As we discussed our project further with Brian, we decided that
quality wasnt a good word to use and we had to rewrite most of the question. The new question
made more sense and sounded more scientific.
How does the size of a room affect the constructive interference from a high pitched sound?
Our hypothesis wasnt much different either.
If the size of a room affects the high pitched sound than the larger the room, the less interference
between each sound wave will occur.
Methods & Materials
Lets start off with materials so if you wanted, you could replicate the experiment. The main
materials we used during the testing, were a pair of speakers, they have to be exactly the same
and have to play at the same time, an iPhone using the YouTube app playing a video of a high
pitched noise (note, the sound does not have to be high pitched), and an app to measure the
sound tones called Decibel 10. The not as important materials we used were tape, for marking
testing spots, a measuring tape, and the three different rooms we used to test in. The rooms can
differ depending on where youre testing, but they all have to be different sizes. The methods we

went about using for testing the procedure was actually quite simple. We would measure the
rooms length and width, and find the middle point of its width. We would mark that with the
tape and then find the middle point between the side and the first, main middle point. Basically
the one fourth or three fourths points. Wed mark both of them and then get the speakers set up.
In each room, the speakers have to be the same exact distance apart from each other for the test
to work. Once that is set up, and you've connected the iPhone with YouTube ready with the
video, and you have your Decibel 10 app up on another phone, you can test the sound at each of
the three spots that you marked with the tape. Do this in all of the rooms you test in.
Results:
Room Locations:
Room:

Dimensions:

Left

Middle

Right

Saras Room

Length: 26 ft. 8 in.


Width 1: 31 ft. 4 in.
Width 2: 30 ft. 1 in.

Max:
88

Max:
86

Max:
84

Laurens Room

Length: 26 ft. 8 in.


Width 1: 22 ft. 8 in.
Width 2: 23 ft. 4 in.

Max:
84

Max:
86

Max:
87

Daves Room

Length: 27 ft. 1in.


Width 1: 22 ft. 7 in.
Width 2: 22 ft. 11 in.

Max:
83

Max:
85.694360

Max:
87

Discussion:
In the data above, we show you the max high of the soundwaves. In our hypothesis we talk about
how we guessed that the bigger the room there will be less interference. In the middle of the
room the highest average for all was 86. Which shows that the middle constantly get the same
max waves. The left of the room has a high between 83-88. Which shows that the left of the
room has somewhat of a difference. The right of the rooms varied between 87-84. The two rooms
closer in size both got 87. We expected that there would be a bigger difference in the data we
collected. If we were to improve upon our project we would have tested more spots in more
rooms, and made sure all the rooms were made of the same materials and contains the same
objects. In our project two rooms were almost the same size.