Using wave dynamics, Random couscous snaps into beautiful patterns


Science is fun, and to prove it our friend, Steve Mould, will create beautiful geometric art using nothing but “wave dynamics.” This is one of those experiments you SHOULD do at home with your kids!

Using couscous (or sand if you’re not into North African semolina nuggets) a large metal plate and a cello bow, Steve shows how the resonant vibrations of the metal sheet make the grains line up into weird, and beautiful shapes. It’s kindof like those spiro-graph designs form the 80’s, where the pen goes in a little gear inside of a larger gear and the frequency creates a pattern. Where the spiro-graph illustrates where the moving pattern overlaps, the wave dynamic illustrates ate areas that are NOT moving.

Forgot about the Spirograph? Build one from some old bike parts!

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Adam Beck

Director of Marketing at CADENAS PARTsolutions | A graduate of the Richard Farmer School of Business Marketing at Miami University in Oxford Ohio, Adam has years of experience in marketing and design for a variety of industries. He enjoys many outlets for creativity including working on custom cars and guitars. He’s also a fan of Formula1 racing and the Cincinnati Bengals. Adam currently lives in Ohio with his wife Stephanie, daughter Nora and son Otto.