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Tension and frequency relationship on a violin

  1. Jun 7, 2012 #1


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    There is an equation relating the tension in a string fixed between two nodes and the velocity of the travelling waves which form the allowed standing waves. It is T = v^2 (μ) where μ is the mass per unit length.

    Am I correct in saying that if the tension in the string increases then frequency also increases? I say ths because v= fλ and if f increases then so does v and subsequently, by the above formula, T.

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  3. Jun 7, 2012 #2
    You are correct. This is how you tune the strings: by adjusting their tension.
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