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How does physics relate to music?

Last updated date: 03rd Mar 2024
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Hint: All the music instruments produce the vibrations into the surroundings thus producing waves. The musicians produce different waves relating to the different musical tones. The strings of guitars produce the wave similarly the membrane of the drums when beaten produces waves.

Complete step by step answer:
Standing waves: Standing waves can be produced when two waves of identical wavelength, velocity, and amplitude are traveling in opposite directions through the same medium. Standing waves will be established using a stretched string to create a train of waves, established by a vibrating body, and reflected at the tip of the string.

Musical instruments produce standing waves that correspond to particular musical notes.

Stringed instruments like pianos and guitars produce transverse standing waves. The instrument has strings with a range of carefully tuned masses and lengths to produce the required waves. On a guitar the strings can be pressed against the fret board to create a string with a new length and therefore a new set of standing waves.

Wind instruments like saxophones and clarinets have carefully designed air columns that are tuned to produce longitudinal standing waves. Operating the buttons and levers the instrument forces the position of antinodes and thus which stationary wave is produced. Therefore, by controlling the production of waves the production of musical notes is controlled.

• There are a lot of methods of producing waves like beating stretched membranes of drums or producing vibrations from the stretched strings of guitar.
• The waves produced have different wavelengths and amplitudes; they travel through air and strike our eardrum which interprets it and thus we can feel music.
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