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INTRO TO PHYSICS: Impedence, pitch, vibration, reasonance

  1. Oct 3, 2006 #1
    EASY STUFF: Impedence, pitch, vibration, reasonance... Please Help!

    I would really appreciate it if you guys could take a look at these problems I have difficulty with. Thanks a lot. My answers are in red.

    1. As impedance decreases, frequency decreases?

    2. For the vibration spectrum (of frequency and amplitude) of a plucked spring, why are there spaces between the lines? Why are most frequencies zero amplitude?

    3. After playing a long peice of music, the pitch of the string in a violin will be lower
    Why does the pitch change?
    What can you do to adjust the violin so it plays the correct pitch?

    4. Why does our voice sound different when we have a cold? Sinuses are stuffed. But how can this be explained by physics?

    5. Identify if the following situations are Forced Vibration or Reasonance:
    1. The sounding board of a piano makes the sound louder. forced
    2. A piano strikes a chord and breaks a dish in the next room. resonance
    3. One barking dog causes the doorbell to ring, but another does not. resonance
    4. An earthquake can cause the dishes onn your shelves to vibrate. forced
    5. Sometimes, if the wind instruments hit a particular note, the snare (a metal attachment) on the snare drum will begin to hum. forced

    6. In a flight, you can permanently deafen someone by hitting both of his ears simultaneously with your open hands. Explain.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2006
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  3. Oct 3, 2006 #2
    No one? :uhh:

    no need to answer all

    every little bit would be appreciated

    thanks. o:)
  4. Oct 4, 2006 #3
    1. Is correct - Impendanace and frequency are directly related

    4. Your voice sounds different because your vocal cords swell changing the vibractions. http://www.entnet.org/healthinfo/throat/Your_voice.cfm Found that to be pretty interesting if you would like to know more about the subject.
  5. Oct 4, 2006 #4
    About #1...

    Let Impedance =Z

    Z = p/v and v=f(lamda)

    So Z= p / (f(lamda))

    Isn't Impedance inversely proportional to frequency?
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2006
  6. Oct 5, 2006 #5
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  7. Oct 5, 2006 #6


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    If the string (or spring?) is fixed at both ends it can't vibrate in any old way, but only in a linear combination of eigenmodes with frequencies that are integer multiples of some fundamental frequency.

    Last edited: Oct 5, 2006
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