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Subject: Why does the ceiling fan change how my flute sounds?

Date: Sun Jun 12 09:06:50 2005
Posted by No name entered.
Grade level: 10-12 School: Marymount Academy
City: Sudbury State/Province: Ontario Country: Canada
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1118585210.Ph

I came home the other day after walking in some obscene temperatures to 
practice flute in my living room. I turned the ceiling fan on high because of 
the heat, and stood on a chair so I could see my music on top of the piano. 
When I was playing, I noticed this shaking sound on the notes, it was like 
involuntary vibrato that I had nothing to do with, so I concluded it was 
because of the fan. It was especially noticable on high notes. 
Why did the ceiling fan change the sound so much? Why was it worse on higher 

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