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Standing wave basics

  1. Jan 11, 2010 #1
    As I https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=283482", I'm struggling with physical basics of vibration in rods as a non-physicist.

    If someone would be kind enough to explain in simplest possible terms, I would like to understand two things:

    1. What is the relation between standing waves and natural frequency for a given substrate? (except that oscillation at one of the natural frequencies is more likely to form standing waves because it bounces back and forth more times)

    2. What does the transient time of continuous vibration tell me about either?

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  3. Jan 15, 2010 #2
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