Rough Science
Explore the Challenges
Solve the Web Challenge
Meet the Rough Scientists
About the TV Series
Discover More
Site Map
Explore the Challenges

The Challenge: Make musical instruments

Kathy and Kate playing the musical instrumentsWe've seen that musical notes can be explained using science. We can even predict how to make notes using scientific equations but this doesn't help scientists to become better musicians!

Web Links

Math and Music on the ThinkQuest Library of Entries site
Energy in the Air: Sounds from The Orchestra on the ThinkQuest Library of Entries site
Sound Waves and Music on The Physics Classroom site
The Soundry - an educational website about sound


Making Gourd Musical Instruments: Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments and How to Play Them by Summit, Ginger and Jim Widess, pub Sterling Publishing 2000; ISBN: 080691369X

General information about tropical plants and their uses: Tropical Forests and Their Crops by Nigel J.H. Smith, J.T. Williams, Donald L. Plucknett and Jennifer P. Talbot, pub Cornell University Press 1992; ISBN: 0801427711(Discusses general groupings of useful plants)

Botany for Gardeners: An Introduction and Guide by Brian Capon, B.T. Batsford 1992; ISBN: 0713472529 (A good general text on how plants function)

A Field Guide to the Families and Genera of Woody Plants of Northwest South America: (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru): With Supplementary Notes) by Alwyn H. Gentry and Adrian B. Forsyth, University of Chicago Press1996; ISBN: 0226289443 (An excellent resource on learning to identify tropical plants in the field/forest)

Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs, and Cosmetics by Albert Y. Leung and Steven Foster. 1995 John Wiley & Sons Inc; ISBN: 0471508268

Fruits and Vegetables of the Caribbean by M.J.Bourne, G.W. Lennox, and S.A. Seddon, Caribbean Publishing 1988, ISBN: 0333453115