Waves, Sound and Light: Sound and Music
Sound and Music: Audio Guided Solution
A steel piano wire is 72.9 cm long and has a mass of 4.54 x 10-3 kg. The fundamental frequency of the wire is 262 Hz, corresponding to the frequency of middle C on the musical scales. Determine the tension to which the wire is pulled in order to vibrate with this frequency.
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- Identify the appropriate formula(s) to use.
- Perform substitutions and algebraic manipulations in order to solve for the unknown quantity.
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