Waves, Sound and Light: Sound and Music
Sound and Music: Audio Guided Solution
Two strings made of the same material (same mass density) and stretched to the same tension (and thus, having the same speed) have a different length. One of the strings is 80-cm long (String A) and the other string is 60 cm (String B). They are vibrated at various frequencies in order to establish standing wave patterns within them. Consider the first six harmonics of the two strings. Which harmonic of String A would have the same frequency as one of the harmonics of String B?
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The 4th harmonic of string A and the 3rd harmonic of string B.
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