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In the prac, different tuning forks were placed over a pipe in a measuring cylinder of water. When the 128Hz tuning fork was used, the resonance point couldn't be heard. Not quite sure why this is the case, any suggestions are appreciated.
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In the prac, different tuning forks were placed over a pipe in a measuring cylinder of water. When the 128Hz tuning fork was used, the resonance point couldn't be heard. Not quite sure why this is the case, any suggestions are appreciated.
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Resonance is essentially a standing wave. In order for resonance to occur the Frequency f must follow the rule below:



where L is where is the submerged length, i.e. just the amount of pipe that is submerged under water and is the total length of the pipe. This gives us:





Now if you measure the length of the pipe, and the amount submerged etc. You can manipulate that expression to calculate n. If n IS NOT an INTEGER, then obviously resonance will not be observed, because the pipe simply does not have the correct length for a proper standing wave to form.

NOTE: This is done assuming end effects are negligible.
 

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