What Has a Higher Frequency Than the Fundamental Frequency?


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In acoustics, the harmonics of a sound all have a higher frequency than the fundamental frequency. The fundamental frequency is the lowest resonant frequency that a sound generator produces.

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Harmonics are whole-number factors of the fundamental frequency. For example, the second harmonic has a frequency that is double that of the fundamental, while the third harmonic is triple the frequency.

Any object that vibrates at a regular frequency, such as a guitar string or the air in a brass instrument, generates a harmonic frequency structure.

Sound quality, or timbre, depends on the frequency and distribution of the harmonics, as well as the different media that give rise to these vibrations.

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