Physics Central: Fiddle Physics Feature Summary

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From Physics Research
Title:
PhysicsCentral: Fiddle Physics
Description:
These patterns, known as Chladni patterns, show modes of vibration on a guitar faceplate (left) and a metal plate (right). The motion of the plates shakes sand into lines where the surface is still--these lines are called nodes. Read more about Chladni patterns here, and see the larger image for more Chladni patterns on a guitar.

Check out PhysicsCentral: Fiddle Physics to see how a fiddle works and how Chladni patterns form on a violin faceplate. You can watch Chladni patterns form in this YouTube video, Chladni Patterns on a Square Plate.

This feature was updated August 17, 2013.
Image:
Image credit: Joe Wolfe; <a href="http://www.phys.unsw.edu.au/music/guitar/patterns.html" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://physicstogo.org/images/features/six guitars web.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
Image credit: Joe Wolfe; image source; larger image
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http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/six guitars web.jpg
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