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Can I compute the mass of a coin based on the sound of its fall?

Other day, I bumped my bookshelf and a coin fell down. This gave me an idea. Is it possible to compute the mass of a coin, based on the sound emitted when it falls? I think that there should be a ...
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Why do tuning forks have two prongs?

I believe the purpose of a tuning fork is to produce a single pure frequency of vibration. How do two coupled vibrating prongs isolate a single frequency? Is it possible to produce the same effect ...
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Why does vibration loosen screws?

I am trying to figure out why vibrations (say, from an engine) loosen screws. It seems to me that there is evident symmetry between loosening and tightening a screw. I am wondering what breaks this ...
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Theory behind patterns formed on Chladni plates?

In this video of vibrating Chladni plates we can see small sand particles align themselves into different interesting patterns (also shown in the image below) which correspond to some particular ...
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In counting degrees of freedom of a linear molecule, why is rotation about the axis not counted?

I was reading about the equipartition theorem and I got the following quotations from my books: A diatomic molecule like oxygen can rotate about two different axes. But rotation about the axis ...
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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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Will a violin string keep vibrating for a longer time in vacuum than in air?

Hitting a string of a violin or a guitar will cause that string to vibrate, but after short time the amplitude of the vibration will decay, consequently the produced sound will die out. I suppose ...
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Picking up audio using high speed video?

In the movie Eagle Eye, ARIIA (an intelligence-gathering supercomputer/AI) picks up audio using video recording of the vibrations in a coffee cup. How close is this to reality? I have see it done ...
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Why do harmonics occur when you pluck a string?

When you energise a taut string, the following resonant modes of vibration occur: Plotting on the frequency domain, you can see their corresponding frequencies: But what is the underlying ...
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Frequency of touch, taste, and scent [closed]

So I was thinking about sound - and how anything below 20Hz is basically inaudible to humans (because it is too low of a frequency to be recognized), as well as anything above around 20KHz (because it ...
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Extra vibrational mode in linear molecule

When calculating the number of vibrational modes for a molecule, the formulas differ for linear $(n = 3N - 5)$ and non-linear $(n = 3N - 6)$ molecules, where $n$ is number of modes and $N$ is number ...
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Is photon emission possible without electrons changing energy levels?

Does molecular vibrational transition and consequent emission of infrared radiation involve electrons changing energy level? In wikipedia, about vibronic transitions it says "Most processes leading to ...
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To what degree does guitar construction affects the vibration of the strings?

There's an old debate going on in the guitar community about how much does wood choice and body shape affect the sound of an electric guitar. No one denies that there's a difference acoustically (how ...
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Physical meaning of Laplace-Beltrami eigenfunctions?

The eigenfunctions of Laplace-Beltrami operator are often used as the basis of functions defined on some manifolds. It seems that there is some kind of connection between eigen analysis of ...
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Why sound does not heat up the air?

Both thermal energy and air are propagated through vibration of particles so why sound does not heat up the air e.g loud musical instrument does not generate much heat ?
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Do Baryons have Quantized Vibrational and Rotational States?

Given that baryons are not point particles but are composed of three quarks, are there quantized vibrational and rotational states analogous to those of molecules? If not why not, and if so are ...
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Understanding Heat

Heat or thermal energy as understood is nothing but motion of molecules of the matter. If the molecules are tightly bound (in case of solids), it is to-and-fro molecular vibrations, otherwise it is ...
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Would a bag of neutrons have temperature?

Neutrons interact with each other only via exchange interaction, while "every-day particles" and their temperatures are governed by electrostatic forces. What are the implications of this difference ...
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What is the relationship between vibration of the field and quantum fluctuation?

Consider a free field like the KG equation. I see that why $$\tilde \phi(\mathbf{p},t)$$ a momentum-dependent quantity, is an oscillator, vibrating at a frequency because when we apply the Fourier ...
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Finding the components of the tensor for potential and kinetic energy

I have a rather poor understanding of what a tensor is, but enough to apply it to the biggest part of the classical mechanics I'm studying. However, I've run into a small problem while studying "Free ...
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Equations of motion of displacement field

We have an action: $$S[\boldsymbol{u}] = \frac{1}{2} \int dt \int d^3x \left\{ \mu (\frac{\partial u_{i}}{\partial t})^{2} - \nu (u_{ii})^{2} - \rho(u_{ij})^{2}\right\} $$ Where $u_{ij} = ...
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How can $F_0\cos\omega t$ change to $F_0e^{i\omega t}$ in driven oscillator equation?

I have one thing that confuses me on deriving the solution for the Linear Forced Oscillator. Suppose we have the equation as $$ma + rv + kx = F_0 \cos \omega t$$ What confuses me is when the driving ...
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“Magic” Speed to Drive Over a Speed Bump: Myth or Reality?

A somewhat controversial aspect of speed bumps (sleeping policemen for those in the UK) is that they arguably cause more loss of life than they prevent by acting as a hindrance to emergency response ...
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Phenomena which are incorrectly declared as resonance phenomena?

In standard college physics text books, high-school books and popular level physics books, the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge is often taken as an example of resonance. However a more detailed ...
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Difference between sound and heat at particle level

If heat (or thermal energy) are vibrations of particles and sound is a wave that is propagated through medium e.g vibration of air particles, what indicates if vibration of particles will be perceived ...
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What is torsional vibration?

Specifically, what is happening physically if a metal rod experiences torsional vibration? Googling torsional vibration brings up a load of research papers, well beyond the level I'm at. I can't seem ...
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Question about the quantization of lattice vibration (phonons)

In my syllabus about solid state physics they state that lattice vibration is quantized, analogous to the harmonic oscillator: $$E = (n+\frac{1}{2})\hbar\omega$$ So the lattice vibration has ...
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Traveling wave solutions for an irregular “waveguide”

I'm looking at solutions for the wave equation $$\frac{\partial^2 z}{\partial t^2}=c^2 \nabla^2z,$$ in a finite 2D domain. Say that I have periodic boundary conditions on the left and right edges ...
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How to use an accelerometer to correctly quantify the magnitude of vibrations

Consider the following setup: An accelerometer is placed inside a helicopter, measuring $g$ values along three axes $(x,y,z)$ every $10~\text{ms}$ (100 times a second), during a helicopter flight. ...
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Moments of vibrating string

I have to calculate first 10 moments for vibrating string with damping, but I don't know how to do it. I read about moments and in definition they mention linear system $$x'=Ax+Bu, \qquad y=Cx$$ with ...
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Design of a common table fan

A few questions about the design of a common table fan, such as below. Does the round disc (silver in the image) in front of the blades serve any functional purpose? Does the metal casing around the ...
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How to model vibration damped by applied/contact force?

I am computer science student and I am working on a project which needs to know how the vibration of phone is damped by applied force (when human touches the phone). I have read many articles about ...
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Modelling an Inelastic Collision

I've attempted to model the inelastic collision between a moving mass and a large stationary object, e.g. dropping an ball on the floor, for analysing the approximate kinematics and heat dissipation ...
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Sound - for purposes of vibration

What is the best way to distribute noise from more than one source (I'm envisioning a system with many), within a dome, with the ground as its primary target, at optimal frequencies and volumes to ...
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Can the vibrational energy of a engine be used to increase efficiency?

In whole mechanics, we never talk about wasted vibrational energy! As we see in our daily life, a lot of energy is wasted as vibrational energy in every engine, for example as we fire our car's ...
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Resonance and natural vibrations in vacuum

In my Physics textbook, it says that if two pendulums of the same natural frequency are placed next to each other and if one is set into vibration, the other starts resonating and when the first one ...
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Degrees of freedom in a diatomic molecule [duplicate]

We know that a monatomic compound can only have 3 degrees of freedom as we can consider it to be a point mass. However now that we consider a diatomic molecule, there are 3 degrees of freedom in ...
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Vibrating Objects

I'm not sure if this belongs in Engineering, but if it does, please migrate the question. What methods are used to vibrate objects extremely quickly? What are the most common?
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What happens to the energy?

if we make a bell ring in a vacuum room for 5 mins. And then open the door, will be able to hear the sound? If no sounds vibrations are emitted to the environment what happens to the energy that ...
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Stick and slip motion: mass and spring inside a box model

I am trying to determine a set of differential equation which can describe the motion of a mechanical system as below. Here, at the bottom we have a plate, and a box on top of it. Inside the box, ...
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How can the choice of wood make a good violin?

We always hear about some really fine and expensive wood that is used to make guitars, violins and other musical instruments. What's the physics behind this? What parameters (e.g. bulk modulus etc.) ...
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Coupled ODEs that model a quad rotor

I am working on modeling the vibrations of a quad rotor. The arms that support the rotors are fixed to a center plate; that is, it is pretty much a cantilever beam with an end load. Since this is the ...
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Orthogonality of modes

I want to know what it exactly means when it is said the modes of vibration are Orthogonal.I understand what it means mathematically but what is its physical interpretation?
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What determines the rate of vibration decay of a metal?

Suppose we have a tuning fork in a vacuum and strike it. Is there anything in the theory of metals that would predict that the tuning fork's vibration amplitude would decrease with time. Put another ...
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How long does it take to enter the steady state response in forced vibration?

According the basic theory of forced vibration[1], before entering the steady-state response, there is a short duration for so-called "transient" state vibration. I'm wondering how long is this ...
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Is molecular vibration just phonon modes for a single molecule?

I'm reading about Raman Scattering, of which a big part is measuring the energy lost to/gained from Molecular Vibrations. I wasn't totally clear on exactly what is "vibrating" in vibrational modes (is ...
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Forced vibration

Let's consider a spring which is subjected to forced vibrations: $$ F = F_0 \cos(\omega t) $$ Is the resonance frequancy $\omega_0$ of the spring dependent on the amplitude $F_0$? I ask this ...
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Creating a structural dynamic model using only modal test data

Short version: Suppose I excite a vibrational response in some structure and measure its mode shapes and natural frequencies. Is it possible to create a structural dynamic model of the structure ...
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What is the effect of vibrations on an object's properties?

What do vibrations do to an object's properties? By making an object vibrate at a high frequency (compared to its static state) would vibrations: Increase or reduce its moment of inertia? Increase ...
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What frequency of sound waves produces the most vibration [closed]

The name of the question is rather contradictory and counter-intuitive since sound is produced by vibration. However, very low frequencies around 32Hz and receding are bass. From what I have read ...