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Homework Help: Physics

Posted by AP on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 3:27am.

Piano tuners tune pianos by listening to the beats between the harmonics of two different strings. When properly tuned, the note A should have the frequency 440 Hz} and the note E should be at 659 Hz}. The tuner can determine this by listening to the beats between the third harmonic of the A and the second harmonic of the E.
Part A: A tuner first tunes the A string very precisely by matching it to a 440 Hz tuning fork. She then strikes the A and E strings simultaneously and listens for beats between the harmonics. What beat frequency indicates that the E string is properly tuned?'
Part B: The tuner starts with the tension in the E string a little low, then tightens it. What is the frequency of the E string when she hears four beats per second?

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