Standing Waves in Pipes

  • William M. Hartmann
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


A cylindrical pipe (a flute, a marimba resonator, an automobile exhaust pipe) filled with ordinary air is a system that shows standing waves. If both ends of the pipe are open, the boundary conditions insist that the pressure at the open end is zero. Zero means that it is not overpressure (positive); it is not underpressure (negative); it is ordinary atmospheric pressure (zero).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William M. Hartmann
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  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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