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2: Vibrations

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    26003
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    All sound starts with something that vibrates. The reed in a clarinet vibrates, the vocal cords in a singer's throat vibrate, the air flowing over the mouthpiece of a flute oscillates, and the speaker cone on your stereo or in an ear-bud vibrates. In this chapter we investigate a particular kind of vibration called simple harmonic motion. Most of the vibrations in musical instruments and the human voice can be described approximately by simple harmonic motion.

    Key Terms:

    Periodic, period (cycle), linear restoring force (Hooke's law), non-linear restoring force, amplitude, displacement, phase, frequency, natural frequency, spring constant, simple harmonic motion, damped harmonic motion, damped driven harmonic motion.


    2: Vibrations is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Kyle Forinash and Wolfgang Christian via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.