In this section, we consider the behavior of vibrating systems when they are driven by an external source.

- When a mass-spring-damper system is driven by an external force, the system equation becomes
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- For a sinusoidal driving force, the resulting solution has a transient component and a steady-state term.
- The steady-state displacement of the mass is dependent on the driving frequency and the damping in the system.
- Below resonance, the system is said to be ``stiffness dominated''.
- Above resonance, the system is said to be ``mass dominated'' and the resulting displacement approaches zero with increasing frequency.

- A string of length fixed at and will have sinusoidal solutions of the form

where . - Only specific vibration frequencies are possible and these frequencies are related by integer multiples of the fundamental ().
- Standing waves are the ``physical'' result of superposed traveling waves (Matlab example).

- One-dimensional sound waves propagate well in cylindrical pipes, just as mechanical waves travel along a string.
- Discontinuities in a pipe, like open and closed ends, cause wave reflections that result in the formation of standing waves patterns. These boundary conditions impose limitations on the particular frequency components that can be made to ``resonate''.
- Open end: acoustic pressure = ambient room pressure = 0.
- Closed end: particle velocity (and volume velocity) = 0.
- The acoustic length of a cylindrical pipe is slightly greater than its physical length by an additional , where is the radius of the pipe.

- Assume linear sinusoidal solutions.
- Impedance is a frequency-domain quantity (e.g. ratio of force to velocity at a specific frequency).
- Mechanical impedance: , where is force and is the resulting velocity.
- Acoustic impedance: , where is pressure and is volume flow.

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