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How was the “vibrating string” studied?

The vibrating string is used to derive a lot of theory regarding strings, such as the theory about harmonics. However, since the string movement and specifically the phenomenon of harmonics seems ...
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Tension at topmost point of a vertical circle

I read that for a body to move in a vertical circle, the minimum tension needed is 0 at the topmost point. Can someone explain to me what it means to have positive or negative tension on top. I'm not ...
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Ball suspended on elastic string (finding tension)

A ball (of mass $m$) is suspended by an elastic string. It accelerates upwards with an acceleration $a$. Find the tension in the string. Taking upwards as positive, we have $$T - mg = ma \iff T = m(a+...
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Few questions related to Tension

I am struggling with the concept of tension in a rope. Below specific questions. I am understanding tension to be an elastic force between rope molecules. If so, is it fair to say the net tension ...
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Classical string as a limit case of elastic quantum states superposition

The usuall way to "half-popularly" show that the quantum mechanics formalism is not unconnected to the classical mechanics is to demonstrate a classical case as a limit of a quantum case. The main ...
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Vibrating string, free end boundary condition

When discussing the vibrating string problem with one end (or both) free to move in the vertical direction but constrained in the longitudinal direction (achieved by placing the "free" end in a ...
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Boundary behaviour of a mechanical wave

Let us assume we have a taut rope and I introduce a pulse in it by whipping one end. Now if instead of a clamp, I have tied the other end of the rope to a denser rope, a part of the energy is ...
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An intuitive explanation regarding propagation of mechanical waves

I was studying mechanical waves today and have questions regarding how a pulse is propagated on a string and its reflection and transmission at a boundary and I hope I can find help here. First, ...
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Magnitude of tension in a bent string

I understand tension in a straight string as a reaction force to a weight, which acts along the string, ultimately resulting from the attractive forces between the constituent particles of the string. ...
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Tension in string question [closed]

Problem: A 12.0-kg box resting on a horizontal, frictionless surface is attached to a 5.00-kg weight by a thin, light wire that passes without slippage over a frictionless pulley (the figure (Figure 1)...
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Problem in constraint equations

In this, if I want the acceleration constraint between $M$ and $2M$, I write $AM+2AB$=LENGTH OF STRING, which on differentiating twice gives $a_{m}=2a_{2m}$(which turns out to be correct). However, if ...
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Simple harmonic motion versus oscillations

I want to see whether certain oscillations in my daily life, such as the oscillation of violin strings when plucked, are simple harmonic motion or not. Can we identify whether an oscillation is simple ...
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Tension of a string, based on Hz, string-weight and string-length [closed]

I’m not a physics student. Instead I have an electric bass guitar :) I know my strings vibrating-length: 0.800 Meter I know the total weight of this length: 0.016575 Kilo I know my strings resonant ...
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Motion of string fixed at both ends

I was reading about the Fourier analysis from Waves by Frank S Crawford Jr. But I got trapped at the very beginning; this is the excerpt that troubled me: Motion of string fixed at both ends. ...
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Why, intuitively, are tension forces the same but opposite in a taut rope/string?

I'm having a little trouble understanding why conceptually the two oppose each other with equal magnitudes. Let's say you have two people playing tug of war, with person A on the left much stronger ...
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Speed of breaking (guitar) string

As I was playing the guitar yesterday, one of the strings broke and injured one of my fingers lightly. Astonished by the power of a breaking string, I was wondering whether there is a way to ...
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What's the relationship between the tension of string and the decay rate of its vibrations?

It seems that the more tension on the string, the more slowly the sound would decay after being plucked. Is there a formula relating the two? How is it derived?
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Tension in rope between falling objects

I got a mass m connected with a rope to a mass 2m which is centered directly underneat it. The masses are falling with a constant speed v. Would it be correct to say that the tension in the string is ...
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Wave reflection and open end boundary condition intuition

I need to understand one seemingly simple thing in wave mechanics, so any help is much appreciated! When a pulse on a string travels to the right toward an open end(like a massless ring that is free ...
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In wave motion of a string both kinetic energy and potential energy are minimum at $y=y_\text{max}$ then why does the string comes down again?

In wave motion of a string both kinetic energy and potential energy are minimum at $y=y_\text{max}$ then why does the string comes down again? As everything in tries to attain lowest energy possible ...
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Why does, at one time, tension balances the weight but at the other time don't balance it?

Everyone is accustomed to many set-ups of Atwood machine; sometimes the question asks about acceleration of the blocks or so; sometimes they ask about tension etcetera. But one thing I couldn't ...
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Why & how do bodies attached by extensible strings move with common acceleration?

From the very beginning of my journey of physics, I have been taught that while dealing problems having attachment of one body to another mass , if the string connecting the bodies be ...
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Relieving Tension in a String

I have a zither with movable bridges, and one technique for lowering the pitch of the string on one side of the bridge is to lift the string on the other side. Because the length of the string is ...
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Sources that explain strings between two branes, where one brane ends on the other

I can't seem to find a source that explains what happens when there are strings between one brane and another brane, where one brane ends on the other brane. For example, consider a D3-brane ending on ...
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How does temperature affect the frequency produced by a fixed vibrating string

How does temperature affect frequency produced by a fixed vibrating string? In the case of the sonometer experiment, the length is fixed so temperature cant really affect length. It affects the ...
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Vertical circular motion: minimum velocity

In vertical circular motion while finding the minimum velocity at the bottom-most point for looping the loop, why do we take the tension at the topmost point to be zero?
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A heavy rope is attached to one end of a lightweight rope [closed]

If one end of a heavy rope is attached to one end of a lightweight rope, a wave can move from the heavy rope into the lighter one. (a) What happens to the speed of the wave? (b) What ...
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Total energy loss of a sphere as it falls through a distance $h$ [closed]

A block of mass $M$ is placed on a rough horizontal table. A string attached to the block runs horizontally to the edge of the table, passes round a smooth peg, and supports a sphere of mass $m$ ...
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Tension in the string produced due to pulling vs pushing

I know that tension is produced when we pull the rope, but what if we push it? What would that be called? Is that tension too? Negative tension?
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Why is Heisenberg uncertainty principle not valid in waves in string?

We know from high school physics that when the incident wave is traveling from a low density region (high wave speed) region towards a high density (low wave speed) region on a string, the width of ...
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Why are tensions in the pulley different when the pulley has a mass or moment of inertia?

When two blocks are connected by a string passing over a pulley whose moment of inertia is given (means pulley is not massless) then why does the string not have same tensions?
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Reaction Force on String Wrapped Around Circular Peg

A massless inextensible string is wrapped around a frictionless circular peg. The string is taut, with tension $T_2$ and $T_1$ at the points where it leaves of the pg as shown. The segment wrapped ...
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Tension in a massless string as it bends around a concave shape

I understand that tension in a massless string must be the same throughout when the string is straight, to prevent any section of it from accelerating at an infinite rate. However, I fail to see how ...
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Is there a general rule for determining the direction of tension force?

Tension, for me, is a tricky thing. After finishing a related chapter of my book and watching a video, I still can't get a hang of it. Here is a situation: My knowledge is that tension, just like ...
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Pulley-rope tension question

I'm learning mechanics and I don't understand the following (simple, I guess) concept. Here's a pulley-rope system: The force of tension, as I understand it, is defined as the force exerted on an ...
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Parabolic polarization of a hanging chain

When a chain hangs between two short posts, I can use my hand to oscillate it up and down in a standing wave. It's easy to demonstrate three of the possible normal modes, at the fundamental frequency ...
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Why is the net work done in a pulley-string system zero?

In any pulley system, where the pulleys and strings are massless and frictionless, why is the net work done by Tension zero?
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Question about force in transverse waves on a string

In deriving wave equation or power transmission of wave transmitted by a string, it is usually stated (with some assumptions) that the transverse force on a point of the string is proportional to the ...
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Is a string taut if the tension is zero?

I'm studying vertical circles and a particle on a string will remain in motion as long as the string is taut. However, what if there is 0 tension in the string? Is it still technically taut?
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Picking a guitar string of fixed length to get any nth harmonic, is it possible?

In physics textbook, we can calculate the nth harmonic of a vibrating string of a fixed length. How can we do this in a real guitar? For example, if I just pick a single open string, how can I get ...
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String wrapping around a motionless cylinder

A particle is connected to the end of a thin, weightless string, which has its other end connected to the cylinder, in such a way that motion of the particle causes the string to wrap around the ...
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Why do flat cords tangle less in my pocket?

We've all experienced this: put a pair of earbuds in your pocket, and when they come out, they're a tangled, knotted mess, cf. e.g. Why do earphone wires always get tangled up in pocket? However, you ...
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What will happen to Earth if it's tied to a black hole thru a really strong string?

Imagine a very strong string (with infinity as as its breaking point) attached to earth very strongly and the other end is put inside a black hole, What will happen to Earth? And the string? Will ...
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Analysis of motion of a body moving on a string?

I was wondering about something I observed yesterday. To give some background, one of my hobbies is slacklining. This is essentially like tight-rope walking but with a one inch piece of (in this case ...
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Distribution forces

I've got two trees and between them is a rope. When someone about 100kg sits at the center of the rope, what are the forces on both parts of rope (to the left-hand side from the person and right-hand ...
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Tensions in a rope [duplicate]

If two tensions are acting on a rope such that they are equal (each is 10 N) and opposite (180 degrees) then what will be the total tension in the rope? I cant seem to figure out if these two will ...
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Waves on a guitar string

Can there be traveling waves on a string that is attached at both ends (like a guitar string), or does such a configuration allow only standing waves ?
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Tension on a string

A string is attached at both extremities and put under tension $T_0$ at rest. We know that if we pull the string upwards from the middle, the tension will increase. But why is it that, admittedly, $$T\...
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Wave on a guitar string, differential equation

The mechanical energy of an element of the string is : $$dE(x,t) = \frac{1}{2}\left[T_0\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}\right)^2 + \mu\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}\right)^2\right]dx$$ Where ...
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Solve hanging rope question by using Lagrangian density [closed]

for this one, I can only do the first(a) $$V_{total}=\frac{mg}{l} \int_{x_0}^{d-x_0}{y(x)\sqrt{1+(\frac{dy(x)}{dx})^2}}dx$$ and have no idea about others.