My (probably misguided) intuition says the following :
'Take a closed loop of wire and bend it into any arbitrary shape so that it lies flat on a table. stretch a membrane over it (i.e. a soap membrane say). Then, I should be able to vibrate it at just the right frequency to generate (at least) a fundamental mode of vibration.'
In other words I think my intuition is telling me that there are solutions to the 2D wave equation with a zerodisplacement condition on an arbitrary closed boundary.
Is my intuition right or wrong? If wrong, why?
Also, my intuition is telling me that for a complicated irregular boundary that there would be fewer modes of vibration or that they would be spaced more widely apart in terms of frequency.
Thanks
Andy
Additional:
If the intuition is incorrect, then is this something to do with the fact that a real world membrane is elastic and can stretch in ways that dont satisfy the wave equation?
