No Access Published Online: 29 December 2014
The Physics Teacher 53, 52 (2015);
The opportunity to plot oscillograms and frequency spectra with smartphones creates many options for experiments in acoustics, including several that have been described in this column.1–3 The activities presented in this paper are intended to complement these applications, and include an approach to determine sound velocity in air by using standard drain pipes4 and an outline of an investigation of the temperature dependency of the speed of sound.
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  9. 9. Online calculator for the temperature dependency of sound velocity in air: Google Scholar
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