AP Physics 1 - Waves and Sound


A disturbance in a medium transfers energy.  If the disturbance is opposed by a restoring force, the medium can be modeled as composed of many simple harmonic oscillators coupled together.  This (coupled simple harmonic oscillators) is our simple model of a standing wave. 

A standing wave produced on a string can be extended to help us understand how different sounds are produced in musical instruments.
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