Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 21 - Think and Explain: 59

Answer

An electronic organ/synthesizer imitates musical instruments by creating and superimposing the same sine waves that the various instruments produce.

Work Step by Step

Fourier discovered that any periodic wave pattern, no matter how complex, can be built up by adding sine waves of different frequencies. This is discussed on page 398.
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