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DrDAQ is a versatile instrument that connects to the USB port of any PC. Using the supplied PicoScope software it can be used as an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer and signal generator.

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Traffic noise: results

Trace from experiment 1

Graph showing how sound level varies with noise

This graph shows that there is a direct relationship between road traffic noise and time of day. The sound level is highest on Saturday 29th June.

This graph shows that there is a direct relationship between road traffic noise and time of day. The sound level is highest on Saturday 29th June.

Trace from experiment 2

Road traffic noise

This graph shows the sound level over a 2 minute period. The peaks on the graph are vehicles passing by.

Answers to questions

Experiment 1

  1. (Dependent on your location) In Pico’s experiment it is noisier on Saturday due to the increased number of people going shopping
  2. The noisiest times of the day are 9:00am and 5:00pm as people are travelling to and from work and school at these times. These times are known as the "rush hours"

Experiment 2

  1. In Pico’s experiment approximately 9 vehicles passed by in the 2 minutes the DrDAQ was recording. This is measured by counting the number of peaks shown on the graph above 70 dB. Each peak representing a vehicle passing by

Teachers’ notes

Safety notice: children must be well supervised and briefed on road safety if experimenting near roads. These experiments should preferably be done by suspending the DrDAQ unit out of a building window that faces a road.

Credits, comments and further info

This experiment was written by Pico Technology.


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