String Theory

  • Steven L. Garrett
Part of the Graduate Texts in Physics book series (GTP)


The vibrating string has been employed by nearly every human culture to create musical instruments. Although the musical application has attracted the attention of mathematical and scientific analysts since the time of Pythagoras (570 BC–495 BC), we will study the string because its vibrations are easy to visualize and it introduces concepts and techniques that will recur throughout our study of vibration and the acoustics of continua. A retrospective of these concepts and techniques is provided in Sect. 3.9, near the end of this chapter. You might want to skip ahead to read that section to understand the plot before you meet the characters.


Normal Mode Vertical Force Trial Function Transverse Displacement Simple Harmonic Oscillator 
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  • Steven L. Garrett
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  1. 1.Pine Grove MillsUSA

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