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Homework Help: Free vibrations of stretched strings

  1. Mar 1, 2012 #1
    A stretched string of mass m, length L, and tension T is driven by two
    sources, one at each end. The sources both have the same frequency  and
    amplitude A, but are exactly 180 degrees out of phase with respect to one another.
    (Each end is an antinode). What is the smallest normal mode frequency of the

    Solution: ω=π(T/LM)^(1/2)

    Attempt: y1(x,t)=f(x)cosωt and y2(x,t)=f(x)cosωt
    Then differentiating both of them w.r.t t and x. Am I even on the right track??
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  3. Mar 2, 2012 #2


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    What's your thinking behind your attempt?

    By the way, I'm guessing this problem is from an intro course, so I've moved it to the introductory physics forum.
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