The physicist's guide to the orchestra

  title={The physicist's guide to the orchestra},
  author={Jean-Marc Bonard},
  journal={European Journal of Physics},
  • J. Bonard
  • Published 14 August 2000
  • Physics
  • European Journal of Physics
An experimental study of strings, woodwind (organ pipe, flute, clarinet, saxophone and recorder) and the voice was undertaken to illustrate the basic principles of sound production in musical instruments. The setup used is simple and consists of common laboratory equipment. The canonical examples (standing wave on a string, in an open and closed pipe) are easily reproduced. The characteristics of the instruments are outlined and discussed. 
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