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This PhysicsCentral article describes the physics behind violins. The article discusses the mechanics of violin construction and how violinists produce sound. It includes labeled pictures of violin parts, animations of how the violin bow works, and other helpful images.
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Waves and Pendula
- Instruments
= Resonance in Strings
= Stringed Instruments
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- Informal Education
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Image credit: Joe Wolfe; image source; larger image This resource was a Physics To Go feature from November 16, 2009 until December 1, 2009. View the feature here!

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Restriction: © 2009 American Physical Society
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Keywords: chladni patterns, music, sound, stringed instruments, strings, violin, waveforms
Record Creator: Metadata instance created November 15, 2009 by Raina Khatri
Record Updated: Jul 07, 2013 by Ed Lee
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G. Popkin, (American Physical Society, College Park, 2009), WWW Document, (
G. Popkin, Physics Central: Fiddle Physics (American Physical Society, College Park, 2009), <>.
APA Format
Popkin, G. (2009, June 17). Physics Central: Fiddle Physics. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from American Physical Society:
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Popkin, Gabriel. Physics Central: Fiddle Physics. College Park: American Physical Society, June 17, 2009. (accessed 12 June 2024).
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Popkin, Gabriel. Physics Central: Fiddle Physics. College Park: American Physical Society, 2009. 17 June 2009. 12 June 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Author = "Gabriel Popkin", Title = {Physics Central: Fiddle Physics}, Publisher = {American Physical Society}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {12 June 2024}, Month = {June 17, 2009}, Year = {2009} }
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