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10: Strings

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    In this chapter we start with resonance on a string and then look at resonances on two dimensional surfaces. A brief introduction of three dimensional resonance in an enclosed volume is given and will be expanded on in Chapter 16 on Acoustics. Once the basic behavior of waves on a string, surfaces and in an enclosed volume are examined we look at how these principles end up explaining how stringed instruments such as guitars and violins work.

    Key Terms:

    String resonance, nodes, anti-nodes, fundamental, harmonics, partials, overtones, conservation of energy (again!), nodal lines, holographic interferometry, Helmholtz resonance, f hole, bridge, wolf tone, sound post, bass bar, plectrum, tangent, piano sound board.


    10: Strings 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.