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Homework Help: Panpipes - confused with the physic principles

  1. Sep 3, 2011 #1
    Hi Guys,

    I'm just a bit confused, or at least I think I am, with the physics relating to panpipes.

    From my current understanding, panpipes work like this;

    Air jet is created that enters the pipe, this pressure then forces the undisturbed column of air inside the pipe to oscillate at its natural frequency which is determined by the length of the pipe and the temperature of the air... This then results in a standing wave being produced with the same frequency, and this frequency can be found by using the fundamental frequency formula of

    Fo = V/4L

    Would that be correct?

    My other question is does resonance occur in a panpipe? I can't seem to find any information onthis and I would very muchly appricate if someone could point me into the right direction.

    Thanks in advanced :)
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 3, 2011 #2
    Yes to both questions, see:

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