(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

If a guitar string has a fundamental frequency of 500 Hz, what is the frequency of its second overtone?

A. 250 Hz

B. 750 Hz

C. 1 000 Hz

D. 1 500 Hz

2. Relevant equations

fundamental frequency is 2times wavelenth, lambda

and the second overtone=the third harmonic.

3. The attempt at a solution

well, 3*fundamental frequency would make it 1500. its wrong.

then i was thinking the freqency of fundamental is 2*length of string, so i did 500Hz/2 = wavelength of string and multiplied by 3.

ahh. Futhermore, but foremost, i need to understand what in the heck an overtone is. and why there are 1st, second, 3rd. if i have a string and im on its first harmonic, how do i get to it's second? by plucking it again? or with time it increases? i dont understand that conceptual part of harmonics and so its preventing me from applying the concepts. but i also need help with that question. thanks!

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