Problem 18.12: A standing wave in an open pipe

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This animation shows a standing wave in an open pipe (position is given in centimeters and time is given in seconds). Restart.

  1. In which harmonic, n, is the air in the pipe oscillating?
  2. Determine the frequency of the musical tone produced by the pipe in this situation.
  3. Determine the fundamental frequency of the pipe (lowest frequency of resonance).

Problem authored by Morten Brydensholt, Wolfgang Christian, and Mario Belloni.

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