# Wave speed

1. Apr 20, 2009

### mattmannmf

One of the harmonics on a string 1.4 meters long has a frequency of 18.4 Hz. The next higher harmonic frequency is 23.9 Hz.

(a) What is the fundamental frequency of the string?
f1 = Hz *
5.5 OK

(b) What is the speed of the waves on the string?
v = m/sec

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I found the frequency, but im just a little confused on how to find the speed. i know i have to use the equation: v=hf. but im just confused on how to find wavelength... wavelength is the distance it takes to complete a full cycle correct? i dont know where im going wrong in my calculations

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2. Apr 20, 2009

### dx

You know the difference between the frequencies of successive harmonics is 5.5 Hz. This difference is a function of v and L, and you already know L.

(Hint: Use ω = nπv/L, you have to convert the angular frequency here to Hertz)

Last edited: Apr 20, 2009