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Ideas to extend my coursework?

  1. Nov 18, 2007 #1
    Ideas to extend my coursework? (Standing Waves)

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I'm doing some coursework for school at the moment, and my chosen topic (because it was fun first time round) is standing waves on some kind of wire/string - ie vibration generator, wire and fixed end (ie pulley) with mass dangling off the end to produce tension.

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]v = \sqrt{T/ \mu}[/tex]

    Basically, at the moment i've got data for a few different types of wire, held at different tensions. The data is harmonic frequencies - ie watching the string until a standing wave is produced, noting the frequency as the signal generator shows, etc. The plan is to the use the data to verify the equation above (substituting v for [tex]f\lambda[/tex]).

    This is all well and good, but could you possibly suggest a way of extending the experiment - say something to do with musical instruments "what material would be most suitable for such and such a stringed instrument's X string?" or whatever would work :)

    Last edited: Nov 18, 2007
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  3. Nov 18, 2007 #2
    Do you have a good microphone and some sort of math analysis program that can do Fast Fourier Transforms?
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