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Standing Waves: Linear Mass Density of a String?

  1. Feb 9, 2013 #1
    I'm working on my physics lab and I'm confused by the equation that they provide.

    [tex]μ=\frac { 1 }{ { (2Lslope) }^{ 2 } }[/tex]

    What exactly does slope represent here?

    Also, what is the typical linear mass density of a string? I'm getting 0.673 grams per meter. Is this right?

    Edit: Never mind about my first question. I get it now.
     
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 9, 2013 #2
    It is impossible to say anything about the first question. All background info is missing.

    The second question - you could answer it yourself. A string is a cylinder. Pick some small radius, which would be "typical" for you, find out the volume of the 1-meter cylinder, then find out the mass using the density of the material of the string.
     
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