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How do the waves produced in flutes have a wave characteristic while maintaining a velocity that allows them to travel to out ear? If it were simply a standing wave I'd imagine that they would undulate back and forth like a string being held at two ends, but in the case of a flute the air continues to move through the flute and out the other end-it's new material being waved.

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Evidence for the waves being standing waves: physics.stackexchange.com/questions/31872 (not saying this is a duplicate) –  Chris White May 15 '13 at 2:19

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