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 Aug 23rd 2014, 05:02 PM #1 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2014 Posts: 26 Does wave speed change between diff harmonics? Does wave speed change between diff harmonics? I know that to find the velocity of the transverse wave of a standing wave, we can use the fundamental wave length * fundamental frequency. Will the speed change for the wavelength and frequency found, in say, harmonics 5? Thanks!
 Aug 24th 2014, 10:03 AM #2 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2014 Posts: 26 I think I figured it out. For the individual waves that make up the resultant standing wave, their speed does not change because of the rule that the speed of the wave is determined by the type of wave and the characteristics of the medium. However, for the resultant wave, that wave does not have a velocity, hence, standing wave. I am not sure if this is entirely correct though.
 Aug 25th 2014, 04:31 AM #3 Senior Member     Join Date: Apr 2008 Location: Bedford, England Posts: 668 As the wavelength goes up, the frequency goes down and visa-versa. In fact they are perfectly balanced such that wavelength*frequency (and thus the speed of the wave) is always the same (for a given medium, etc).
 Aug 25th 2014, 09:49 AM #4 Junior Member   Join Date: Aug 2014 Posts: 1 diff harmonics Frequency depends on the wavelength, if wavelength up then frequency also increased. -Tim http://www.acadsoc.com
 Aug 26th 2014, 08:14 PM #5 Junior Member   Join Date: Jul 2014 Posts: 26 Thank you!

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