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This simulation illustrates the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth harmonic oscillation of a string fixed at both ends on a musical instrument. Users are able to choose any oscillation they wish to view or they can combine different harmonics and view the result.

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General Physics
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= Mechanical Equipment
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= Resonance in Strings
= Stringed Instruments
- Wave Motion
= Standing Waves
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© 1997 Edward A. Zobel
harmonics, oscillations, standing wave, violin, waves
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This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.

Topic: Wave Energy
Unit Title: Standing Waves and Resonance

This simulation shows the standing wave patterns that are produced on a violin, a string medium that is fixed on both ends.  Students can toggle from 1st-5th harmonics to see the standing wave pattern of each. The sum of all the harmonics can also be displayed.

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E. Zobel, (1997), WWW Document, (http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves1/StandingWaves1.html).
E. Zobel, Standing Waves, Medium Fixed At Both Ends, (1997), <http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves1/StandingWaves1.html>.
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Zobel, E. (2006, January 1). Standing Waves, Medium Fixed At Both Ends. Retrieved January 27, 2022, from http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves1/StandingWaves1.html
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Zobel, Edward. Standing Waves, Medium Fixed At Both Ends. January 1, 2006. http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves1/StandingWaves1.html (accessed 27 January 2022).
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Zobel, Edward. Standing Waves, Medium Fixed At Both Ends. 1997. 1 Jan. 2006. 27 Jan. 2022 <http://zonalandeducation.com/mstm/physics/waves/standingWaves/standingWaves1/StandingWaves1.html>.
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@misc{ Author = "Edward Zobel", Title = {Standing Waves, Medium Fixed At Both Ends}, Volume = {2022}, Number = {27 January 2022}, Month = {January 1, 2006}, Year = {1997} }
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