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Calculating length of notes

  1. Dec 3, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    What I want to do is have a piece of metal, then determine the length to cut it to produce the note Middle C, and so on for an octave (exclude sharps and flats). So pretty much a xylophone made from scratch.

    2. Relevant equations

    v = f(lambda)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I just randomly cut the metal, and it sounds nowhere near the real notes I'm trying to achieve. I know I need to find out the wavelength, but I have no idea how to calculate the frequency without a frequency meter.
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