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Homework Help: Periodic sound by a violin string

  1. Nov 16, 2006 #1
    Analysis of the periodic sound wave produced by a violin's G string includes three frequencies: 392, 588, and 980 Hz. What is the fundamental frequency? [Hint: The wave on the string is the superposition of several different standing wave patterns.]

    The fundamental frequency is the lowest frequency in a harmonic series; in this case it is 392 Hz. I know that for the first harmonic series that the wavelength is equal to 2xLength of the string (according to a site I found on google). Knowing this information I am a little confused as to where I should start to solve this problem. Can anyone offer me some guidance? Thanks
     
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  3. Nov 16, 2006 #2

    OlderDan

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    Are 588 and 980 Hz harmonics of 392 Hz?
     
  4. Nov 16, 2006 #3
    That would be false, they are not multiples of 392....
     
  5. Nov 16, 2006 #4

    OlderDan

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    Are the three all multiples of something?
     
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