Free and Forced Vibrations of Simple Systems

  • Neville H. Fletcher
  • Thomas D. Rossing
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Mechanical, acoustical, or electrical vibrations are the sources of sound in musical instruments. Some familiar examples are the vibrations of strings (violin, guitar, piano, etc), bars or rods (xylophone, glockenspiel, chimes, clarinet reed), membranes (drums, banjo), plates or shells (cymbal, gong, bell), air in a tube (organ pipe, brass and woodwind instruments, marimba resonator), and air in an enclosed container (drum, violin, or guitar body).


Normal Mode Simple System Forced Vibration Mechanical Impedance Equivalent Electrical Circuit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neville H. Fletcher
    • 1
  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Australia, Research School of Physical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA

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