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Breathing in helium
« on: 16/09/2006 19:10:35 »
Why does breathing in helium make one's voice sound diferent? :)

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.


 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #1 on: 16/09/2006 20:33:34 »
All waves have two attributes, frequency and wavelength.  The product of the frequency and wavelength of a wave is its velocity.

Sound is created within the vocal tracts by creating resonant cavities that are a particular fraction of the wavelength of the sound waves that are created.

Sound travels at different speed through different materials, and it travels faster through helium than it does through air (assuming the same pressure of gas).

Since the wavelength of the sound wave is determined by the vocal tracts, thus if the sound is travelling faster, then the related frequency of the sound of a specific wavelength will be higher, thus sound created within the mouth and vocal tracts when they are filled with helium will be of a higher frequency (assuming the same shape of mouth and vocal tracts) than if those mouth and vocal tracts were filled with air.



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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #2 on: 17/09/2006 20:23:34 »
Thanks George

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #3 on: 18/09/2006 15:06:40 »
Also you can inhale other gases that make your voice much lower.
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #4 on: 18/09/2006 15:14:04 »
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Originally posted by Mjhavok

Also you can inhale other gases that make your voice much lower.



So then you could combine gasses to keep your voice the same. Em…. Well may be we should just stick to air it seems just right. [^][:p][^]

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #5 on: 18/09/2006 19:37:29 »
i wonder if you could make a wind instrument where you release various combinations of oxygen and helium as you blow only one note.
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #6 on: 18/09/2006 19:55:51 »
Hi Hadrian,

Don't mean to rain on your parade ...but just thought I'd post this link to the exact same question I asked a while ago ...hope that's Ok

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1036

Cripes just realised it was over two years ago !!..but you will find some definitive answers there.

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« Last Edit: 18/09/2006 19:57:59 by neilep »
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #7 on: 16/09/2006 20:33:34 »
All waves have two attributes, frequency and wavelength.  The product of the frequency and wavelength of a wave is its velocity.

Sound is created within the vocal tracts by creating resonant cavities that are a particular fraction of the wavelength of the sound waves that are created.

Sound travels at different speed through different materials, and it travels faster through helium than it does through air (assuming the same pressure of gas).

Since the wavelength of the sound wave is determined by the vocal tracts, thus if the sound is travelling faster, then the related frequency of the sound of a specific wavelength will be higher, thus sound created within the mouth and vocal tracts when they are filled with helium will be of a higher frequency (assuming the same shape of mouth and vocal tracts) than if those mouth and vocal tracts were filled with air.



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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #8 on: 17/09/2006 20:23:34 »
Thanks George

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #9 on: 18/09/2006 15:06:40 »
Also you can inhale other gases that make your voice much lower.
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #10 on: 18/09/2006 15:14:04 »
quote:
Originally posted by Mjhavok

Also you can inhale other gases that make your voice much lower.



So then you could combine gasses to keep your voice the same. Em…. Well may be we should just stick to air it seems just right. [^][:p][^]

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #11 on: 18/09/2006 19:37:29 »
i wonder if you could make a wind instrument where you release various combinations of oxygen and helium as you blow only one note.
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #12 on: 18/09/2006 19:55:51 »
Hi Hadrian,

Don't mean to rain on your parade ...but just thought I'd post this link to the exact same question I asked a while ago ...hope that's Ok

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1036

Cripes just realised it was over two years ago !!..but you will find some definitive answers there.

Men are the same as women, just inside out !
« Last Edit: 18/09/2006 19:57:59 by neilep »
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #13 on: 18/09/2006 20:14:27 »
quote:
Originally posted by neilep

Hi Hadrian,

Don't mean to rain on your parade ...but just thought I'd post this link to the exact same question I asked a while ago ...hope that's Ok

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1036

Cripes just realised it was over two years ago !!..but you will find some definitive answers there.




And would I ever mind

whatever you did it would have to be the right thing being you. So go on knock yourself out and don’t just rain do some hail the Emperor too.

(Ah these peasants they have such poor etiquette but you do have to keep them happy. One never knows when you need to fling a few at some barbarians. Just ask that Blare chap he fill you in)


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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #14 on: 18/09/2006 20:24:48 »
Thank you Sir....Luff the sheep !!!....careful though..they can turn around and bite you  :D





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« Reply #15 on: 18/09/2006 20:46:15 »
I am from county Wicklow where men are men and sheep are frighten  ba ba ba   [^]

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #16 on: 18/09/2006 20:49:32 »
By the way Neil what do you call your sheep in suspenders do tell us

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« Reply #17 on: 19/09/2006 15:29:49 »
quote:
Originally posted by Hadrian

Why does breathing in helium make one's voice sound diferent? :)

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.




Inhaling Helium can be dangerous:-

" However, when the lungs are filled with helium, a different process takes over. Oxygen is actually removed from the blood stream during the exchange of gases. Depending on how completely oxygen is replaced by helium, you may lose consciousness quickly and without warning—you may literally pass out while still standing. The usual result is an uncontrolled fall that can cause serious injury, even if normal breathing resumes before brain damage occurs due to lack of oxygen. "

http://www.cganet.com/N2O/helium_safety.asp
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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #18 on: 18/09/2006 20:14:27 »
quote:
Originally posted by neilep

Hi Hadrian,

Don't mean to rain on your parade ...but just thought I'd post this link to the exact same question I asked a while ago ...hope that's Ok

http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1036

Cripes just realised it was over two years ago !!..but you will find some definitive answers there.




And would I ever mind

whatever you did it would have to be the right thing being you. So go on knock yourself out and don’t just rain do some hail the Emperor too.

(Ah these peasants they have such poor etiquette but you do have to keep them happy. One never knows when you need to fling a few at some barbarians. Just ask that Blare chap he fill you in)


What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
 

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #19 on: 18/09/2006 20:24:48 »
Thank you Sir....Luff the sheep !!!....careful though..they can turn around and bite you  :D





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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #20 on: 18/09/2006 20:46:15 »
I am from county Wicklow where men are men and sheep are frighten  ba ba ba   [^]

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« Reply #21 on: 18/09/2006 20:49:32 »
By the way Neil what do you call your sheep in suspenders do tell us

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Re: Breathing in helium
« Reply #22 on: 19/09/2006 15:29:49 »
quote:
Originally posted by Hadrian

Why does breathing in helium make one's voice sound diferent? :)

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.




Inhaling Helium can be dangerous:-

" However, when the lungs are filled with helium, a different process takes over. Oxygen is actually removed from the blood stream during the exchange of gases. Depending on how completely oxygen is replaced by helium, you may lose consciousness quickly and without warning—you may literally pass out while still standing. The usual result is an uncontrolled fall that can cause serious injury, even if normal breathing resumes before brain damage occurs due to lack of oxygen. "

http://www.cganet.com/N2O/helium_safety.asp
« Last Edit: 19/09/2006 15:32:11 by ROBERT »
 

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