What is the frequency of the tuning fork?

Thus, the frequency can be calculated using the equation f = mv/2L, where f is the frequency, m is the mode number, v is the speed of sound in air, and L is the length of the tube. In summary, by using the given values and the equation, the frequency of the tuning fork can be calculated to be 214.375 Hz.
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Homework Statement



A 40 cm long tube has 40 cm long insert that can be pulled in and out. A vibrating tuning fork is held next to the tube. as the insert is slowly pulled out the sound from the tuning fork creates standing waves in the tube when the total length is 42.5 cm, 56.7 cm, and 70.9 cm. what is the frequency of the tuning fork? The air temperature is 20 degree C.

Homework Equations



f = mv/2L

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The Attempt at a Solution



f = 14.2
v = 343 m/s
L =(40+40) cm = 80 cm = 0.8 m

f = mv/2L = (1*343 m/s)/2*0.8 m = 214. 375 hz

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total length is 42.5 cm, 56.7 cm, and 70.9 cm.
These values indicate that the open tube resonates at every increase of equal length of the tube. At open tube this length must be half the wave length.
 
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The frequency of the tuning fork can be calculated using the formula f = mv/2L, where f is the frequency, m is the mode number (1 in this case), v is the speed of sound in air (343 m/s at 20°C), and L is the length of the standing wave in the tube.

In this case, the length of the standing wave in the tube is equal to the length of the tube (40 cm) plus the length of the insert (x cm), which can be pulled out to create different standing wave lengths (42.5 cm, 56.7 cm, and 70.9 cm). So, the equation can be rewritten as:

f = mv/2(40+ x) cm

To solve for x, we can set up a proportion using the given lengths and the corresponding mode numbers:

40 cm / 42.5 cm = 1 / 2
40 cm / 56.7 cm = 2 / 2
40 cm / 70.9 cm = 3 / 2

Solving for x, we get x = 2.5 cm.

Now, substituting this value into the original equation, we get:

f = (1*343 m/s)/2(40+2.5) cm = 214.375 Hz

Therefore, the frequency of the tuning fork is approximately 214.375 Hz.
 

1. What does the frequency of a tuning fork refer to?

The frequency of a tuning fork refers to the number of vibrations or oscillations that it produces per second. It is measured in hertz (Hz).

2. How is the frequency of a tuning fork determined?

The frequency of a tuning fork is determined by the size, shape, and material of the fork. It is also affected by external factors such as temperature and air resistance.

3. What is the standard frequency of a tuning fork?

The standard frequency of a tuning fork is 440 Hz. This is the frequency used for tuning musical instruments.

4. How does the frequency of a tuning fork affect its pitch?

The higher the frequency of a tuning fork, the higher the pitch it produces. This is because the frequency of a sound wave is directly proportional to its pitch.

5. Can the frequency of a tuning fork be changed?

Yes, the frequency of a tuning fork can be changed by altering its physical properties or by applying external forces such as pressure or tension. This can be done through manufacturing or by using tools such as a hammer to adjust the fork's prongs.

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