Clap Speed Follow-Up

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The sound of two hands clapping really fast. Click the image to expand.

In this post, we saw Kent “Toast” French, the world’s fastest clapper, clap at a rate he claimed to be 14 claps per second. I said I thought I could use WireTap Studio to look at the data. Sure enough, it works; here is a screen shot of part of the audio. I get more like 13 cps, or maybe a little less. I have not looked through the whole sequence to see if he ever hit 14.

It would be lovely to use something like Fathom for the whole clip so we could calculate each interval and see how that changes over time.

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Tim Erickson

Math-science ed freelancer and sometime math teacher. In 2014–15, at Mills College in Oakland, California.

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