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Homework Help: Frequency of a Standing Wave on a String

  1. Sep 21, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    The frequency of a standing wave on a string is f when the string's tnesion is T. If the tension is changed by the small amount deltaT, witout changing the length, show tat the frequency changes by an amount deltaf, such that

    deltaf/f = .5 * deltaT/T

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution


    f= (1/lambda)*sqrt(T/Mu) When tension is increased, the wavelength will still be the same

    so delta f=(1/lambda)*sqrt((T+deltaT)/Mu)-f

    deltaf/f = [(1/lambda)*sqrt((T+deltaT)/Mu)-f]/((1/lambda)*sqrt(T/Mu))

    deltaf/f = sqrt(T+deltaT)/sqrt(T) -1

    But I can't get it simplified any more than this
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  3. Sep 22, 2008 #2
    any thoughts on this one?
  4. Sep 23, 2008 #3
    If [itex]\lambda = \frac{v}{f}[/itex] and [itex] \frac{dv}{dT}=\frac{1}{2\sqrt{T\mu}}[/itex], then how is it that the wavelength will be the same when tension is increased?


  5. Sep 23, 2008 #4
    It seems to me that if both f and v increase by some factor, that wavelength should remain the same, and if there is one wave still on the string when the tension changes very slightly, how could the wavelength change?
  6. Sep 23, 2008 #5
    Because [itex]\frac{d\lambda}{dT}\neq 0[/itex]. Therefore, both [itex]\lambda[/itex] and f are functions of T.


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