21 B
Mathematics Math21b Spring 2015
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Exhibit: Crash Happy
Course Head: Oliver Knill
Office: SciCtr 432

Guitar string oscillations

In the last part of the course, we solved the wave equation by decomposing the initial condition into basic nodes (eigenvectors of D2). Throwing a phone into a guitar and recording the strings shows some of the shapes which the string can take.

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Thanks to Carlos Paez for forwarding the link to the page which covers the phenomenon.
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