Stationary waves and musical instruments

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The production of different notes by musical instruments often depends on the creation of stationary wave. For a stringed instrument such as a guitar, the two ends of a string are fixed, so nodes must be established at these points. When the string is plucked half-way along its length, it vibrates with an antinode at its midpoint. This is known as the fundamental mode of vibration of the string. The fundamental frequency if the minimum frequency of a standing wave for a given system or arrangement.

Similarly, the air column inside a wind instrument is

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