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### Why are the harmonics of a piano tone not multiples of the base frequency?

I was trying to figure out which piano keys were being played in an audio recording using spectral analysis, and I noticed that the harmonics are not integer multiple of the base note. What is the ...
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### Fundamental frequency of a material and its Young's modulus

I wonder if there is a connection between fundamental frequency and Young's modulus of a material. For example, how to calculate the Young's modulus of a glass bar by knowing its frequency spectrum?
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### Is the q-factor equal to infinite for a quantum vibrator at its ground state?

Say, a molecule is vibrating at its ground state forever, where there is no energy loss? Saw a related question here.
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### Sound - what happens with the particles when a wave passes

I'm having some problems in understanding the principles of sound propagation. The wave propagates though air (for example) exerts compression, which is followed by rarefaction. I think I got than ...
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### Calculating Intensity/Strength of Vibration with 3DOF

I want to calculate the intensity/strength of vibration at a given location. I have measured the acceleration at this location, using an accelerometer. So my measures look for example like: ...
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### Degenerate vibrating modes of a metal plate

My question is based around this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yaqUI4b974 The video shows sand settling in vibrational nodes of a plate at certain resonance frequencies. It appears that ...
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### Why doesn't steady flow of air create sound? [closed]

When one exhales air by twisting the lips appropriately, one does not create enough sound. But when the same amount of air with the same pressure is blown in a flute or whistle, a relatively audible ...
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### Seesaw pendulum period

If I have a rigid pendulum of length $L$, with the pivot point set somewhere along $L$ and a mass at each end how do I calculate its maximum speed and its period? I want to make a counterbalanced slow ...
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### Reducing coefficient of friction by vibrations?

Very simply put, if one places a block of some material on a level surface and pushes it horizontally, a certain coefficient of friction is measured. If one tightly couples an oscillator of some sort ...
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### What does degrees of freedom mean in the context of vibrations?

If you have an $N$ degrees of freedom system what does this mean? What is the difference between a 1 and a 2 degrees of freedom system?
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### Vibrational anharmonic coupling and noise-induced spontaneous symmetry breaking in a hexagonal finite mechanical lattice

Happy holidays, everyone! The following is part question, part visual gallery, and part classical mechanics problem. Inspired by snow over the weekend I began simulating the vibrations of the ...
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### A moving brush on a vibrating surface

Hi group, I am a HS student in China preparing for a regional Young Physicist Tournament even. We are very puzzled about why would there be such movement. We would be grateful to see any inspiring ...
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### What is the exact mathematical definition of oscillation/vibration?

My question is basically is what criteria need to be fulfilled to decide wether a motion is osciliiation/vibration or not. I found two definitions, def1: "moving around an equilibrum", def2: "...
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### Why don't metals damp vibrations?

Fluid damps vibrations due to viscous dissipation. Does anyone has any insight on a molecular, microscopic level about the reasons that vibration damping of metals is negligible?
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### What's the origin of electrical resistance?

i know relation ohm : $$R=\rho\frac{L}{A}$$ i want to know about resistance from view point small particle like atom,dipole: when we have a resistor,with a special voltage it has loss power: whats ...
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### Frequencies of Matter [closed]

Is it theoretically possible for physical solid matter to vibrate at a high enough frequency to become imperceptible to vision and move through other solid matter?
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### How does a flute produce its sound?

if an object for instance does not create successive compressions and rarefactions in air but only creates continuous compressions would we be able to hear these compressions as sound ? Yes , because ...