1. Not finding help here? Sign up for a free 30min tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Mode vs node

  1. Jun 1, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    What is the difference between a mode and a node

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I am not really sure, because they seem exactly the same to me. Any help would be much appreciated!
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 1, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    In a standing wave, a node is a place where the medium doesn't move--as opposed to an anti-node, which has maximum movement. See this: Nodes and anti-nodes

    The vibration mode has to do with the frequency (or wavelength) of the standing wave, which can be determined by counting the number of nodes in the standing wave. Read this about Harmonics, each harmonic being another vibrational mode.
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?

Similar Discussions: Mode vs node
  1. Compressions vs nodes (Replies: 1)

  2. Node equation (Replies: 8)

  3. Nodes and anti nodes (Replies: 16)