Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 21 - Think and Explain: 46

Answer

The thick bass string has more mass, and a relatively higher inertia than a thin string.

Work Step by Step

If the "springiness" (tension in the string) are equal, a thick string vibrates more slowly, at lower frequency. This is the intent of a bass string, which is why it is thicker than a high-frequency treble string.
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