Downing Drumming Decibels

Chemical and Material Sciences
Griffon Taylor

Sabina Vaswani

"This investigation is testing how the type of material placed on a drumhead will affect the volume of the drum. I am trying to dampen the sound of my drum set to make it quieter and other people more comfortable. I thought that the denser material would dampen sound better because the sound would be dispersed through the molecules. I tested vinyl, foamboard, artificial turf, blue carpet, black foam flooring. I measured the density of each material, and then measured the average decibels as I drummed on the materials for 15 seconds three times each."

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2 thoughts on “Downing Drumming Decibels

  1. Intelligent hypothesis and thorough testing refuting it. Excellent conclusion.

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