Natural Frequencies and Harmonics

1. Feb 28, 2015

ThatDude

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Basically, I was reading the following passage from a textbook, and I'm confused as to why they mention natural frequencies? Doesn't each harmonic have just one frequency that it oscillates at? From what I understand, the natural frequency is just the frequency an object likes to vibrate at. Can someone please make this clear?

2. Feb 28, 2015

Staff: Mentor

A taut length of string can vibrate at a particular natural frequency, and potentially also at integer multiples of that frequency. These multiples are known as harmonics.

3. Feb 28, 2015

orsanyuksek2013

As you say, the harmonic wave has just one wavelength and one frequency.

The above given expression describes how many possible wavelenth (and therefore frequency) values a harmonics wave can have given for a complete 2 pi displacement.

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