Wave Spectra

  • Due Nov 17, 2016 at 8:59am
  • Points 2
  • Questions 2
  • Available until Nov 17, 2016 at 8:59am
  • Time Limit None
  • Allowed Attempts Unlimited


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• Objects of different materials and shapes vibrate at their own set of natural frequencies.
• A spectral analyzer measures the different frequencies present in a wave spectrum.
• Musical instruments have a spectra “signature” called the timbre, also known as tone color.
• Ocean waves and other natural wave phenomena also have spectral signatures.
• Spectral signature varies with material properties and with scale.

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