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A piano tuner stretches a steel piano wire with a tension of 765 N. The steel wire has a length of 0.400 m and a mass of 3.00 g. What is the frequency f_1 of the string's fundamental mode of vibration? What is the number of the highest harmonic that could be heard by a person who is capable of hearing frequencies up to 9781 Hz?

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  1. http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/Hbase/waves/string.html

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  2. In Part A of this particular problem you are solving for the Fundamental Frequency of the string. Use the equation:

    F(fundamental)= [1/(2 * L)] * sqrt[(tension force/mu)]

    L= length of string= .4 meters
    mu= mass/length=.003 kg/.4=.0075 kg/m
    tension force=765 N

    plug in knowns and F= 399.2 Hz
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    For part B you must solve for the integer multiple, which the problem calls "n". The formula is as follows:

    F1= n * F(Fundamental Frequency)

    F1=9781 Hz

    solve for "n" and n= 24.5....round down so that n=24.

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