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Homework Help: Standing waves

  1. Sep 14, 2006 #1
    if a standing wave is a wave which transfers no energy, how is it that a guitar string produces a sound? because it produces it via a standing wave, and the sound is sound energy, so where does the energy come from?
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  3. Sep 14, 2006 #2


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    A standing wave on a string carries no energy from one end of the string to the other.

    It can, and does impart vibration on the air molecules around it, resulting in sound waves.

    - Warren
  4. Sep 14, 2006 #3
    ah yes. sorry, that was kind of obvious!
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