Intro to Resonance

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Gallopin’ Gertie

One of the first acoustics topics most physics classes cover is resonance. Often, physics teachers will show the video clip below of the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (also known affectionately as “Gallopin’ Gertie”) to demonstrate the potential effects of resonance.

While the rippling motion of the bridge seems unreal, the physical principle of resonance is quite real. Gaining an ...

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