# Homework Help: Wave Question

1. Nov 28, 2007

### neoking77

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A 22-cm-long, 1.0-mm-diameter copper wire is joined smoothly to a 60-cm-long, 1.0-mm-diameter aluminum wire. The resulting wire is stretched with 20 N of tension between fixed supports 82 cm apart. The densities of copper and aluminum are 8920kg/m^3 and , 2700 kg/m^3 respectively.

a) What is the lowest-frequency standing wave for which there is a node at the junction between the two metals?

b) At that frequency, how many antinodes are on the aluminum wire?
2. Relevant equations
v = sqrt(T/mu)
v = lambda*f

3. The attempt at a solution
lambda = 2L
L = 0.82m
lambda = 1.64m

v = lambda*f
f = v / lambda
f = v / (1.64m)

v = sqrt(T/mu)
v = sqrt(20/mu)

d = mass / volume

mu = mass / length

ok...now the problem is, i dont' know which denstity (copper or aluminum) to use to figure out the mu. i tried using aluminum's since it's lower and hence will give the lower frequency, but it did not give the right answer. please help! thanks

2. Nov 29, 2007

help any 1 ?

3. Dec 9, 2007

### momogiri

I need help with this question too :/