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Experimenting with String Musical Instruments

Physics Education Volume 47, Number 2, ISSN 0031-9120


What follows are several investigations involving string musical instruments developed for and used in a "Science of Sound & Light" course. The experiments make use of a guitar, orchestral string instruments and data collection and graphing software. They are designed to provide students with concrete examples of how mathematical formulae, when used in physics, represent reality that can actually be observed, in this case, the operation of string musical instruments. (Contains 2 tables and 8 figures.)


LoPresto, M.C. (2012). Experimenting with String Musical Instruments. Physics Education, 47(2), 227-233. Retrieved July 17, 2019 from .

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