Phonograph: Definition & Components


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Who invented the phonograph?

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1. What part of the phonograph collects, and transmits sound?

2. What would make the needle of the phonograph make a deeper grove in the metal foil?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Phonographs are one of the earliest types of sound recorders. You will be quizzed on materials used to make phonographs, how phonograph recordings were played back and the inventor of this handy machine.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

During the quiz you will be asked to:

  • Name the part of the phonograph that collects and transmits sound
  • Explain how a phonograph recording could be played back
  • Point out the material that eventually replaced metal foil in phonographs

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to name the inventor of the phonograph
  • Information recall - access the understanding you've gained about what would cause the needle of the phonograph to carve a deeper groove in the metal foil
  • Interpreting information - ensure that you can read information about how recordings on this machine could be played back and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

You can enhance your understanding of this topic by viewing the lesson titled Phonograph: Definition & Components. This lesson will teach you about:

  • The parts of the phonograph
  • How Emile Berliner improved this important invention
  • Similar devices that followed the invention of the phonograph