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The Stroboscopic Effect

Nawwaf Abu-Aqeel
Mathematics Teacher
The Ahliyyah School for Girls
Amman, Jordan

This module is about a particular effect of the frequency, which is the stroboscopic effect. The lesson discusses and demonstrates low frequency phenomena - less than 16 Hz - that can usually be observed clearly by the human eye, as well as high frequency phenomena - more than 25 Hz - that are difficult for the human eye to catch. This video also explores and demonstrates how high frequency phenomena can be observed by freezing the fast moving phenomena using a device called a stroboscope. The only prerequisite for this video is that students understand the definition of the frequency of a periodic phenomenon. The video segments take up 17 minutes, so the total length of the lesson would depend on the amount of time spent during the in-class breaks. This lesson could certainly be completed during a 50-60-minute class period. Materials needed for this lesson include: a piece of paper or cardboard; a pen or a pencil; adhesive tape; a toothpick or a small stick; and a notebook with blank pages. (If available: a function generator, an AC power supply, connecting wires, a LED, a small lamp, a fan or ventilator (with blades), a flashing stroboscope) Examples of in-class activities between segments include discussions of frequency phenomena and the building of simple devices that demonstrate those phenomena.

Mr. Abu-Aqeel earned Master degrees in Solid Mechanics (France) and in Photonics (Canada). He has done research involving the Bauschinger effect in stainless steel, semiconductor optical amplifiers.

This is a Wikipedia discussion on the Persistence of Vision phenomenon.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persistence_of_vision

This article discusses the cognitive process of perception involved in animation as well as the history of animation basics.
http://facweb.cs.depaul.edu/sgrais/animation_basics.htm

This page has an excellent discussion of the Persistence of Vision phenomenon as well as the history of animation toys and directions on making those toys.
http://bizarrelabs.com/persist.htm

This is a Wikipedia discussion of the Stroboscope.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroboscope

Fun facts and helpful hints about strobe lights.
http://www.theatrefx.com/funfacts69.html

Title Language Format  
The Stroboscopic Effect (English, QuickTime) English Quicktime Download
The Stroboscopic Effect (Portuguese Subtitles, mp4) English-Portuguese SubtitlesEnglish-Portuguese Subtitles MPEG 4 Download
The Stroboscopic Effect (English, mp4) English MPEG 4 Download
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