By Fleisch, Daniel A.; Kinnaman, Laura

ISBN-10: 1107054869

ISBN-13: 9781107054868

ISBN-10: 1107643260

ISBN-13: 9781107643260

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The wave amplitude tells you how big to make the peaks of your wave, the wavelength tells you how far apart to space the peaks on each page, and the wave period tells you how much to shift the wave between the pages of your book (since it has to move a distance of one wavelength in the direction of propagation during each period). 6 meters along the x-axis. Alternatively, you can just plug each of the variables into Eq. 33). 4π rad/s). 85 m. To understand how the wave speed and direction are built into Eq.

Taking 1 as zero and 2 as π/2, the wavefunctions are y1 (x, t) = A sin(kx + ωt), y2 (x, t) = A sin(kx + ωt + π/2). 40) To plot such wavefunctions on a two-dimensional graph, you have to decide whether you wish to see how the wavefunctions behave as a function of distance (x) or as a function of time (t). If you choose to plot them versus distance, you must choose the value of time at which you wish to see the functions. 41) and have the shapes shown in Fig. 22. Notice that the phase constant ( = π/2) has the effect of shifting the second wavefunction (y2 ) to the left, since the phase constant and the x-term have the same sign (that is, they are both positive).

That’s a limitation of showing functions of space and time in a static environment, such as this book. To see the difference between a wave and a wave profile, imagine drawing a few periods of a sine wave, as in Fig. 18(a). If you repeat the drawing on separate pieces of paper with the wave profile shifted to the left or right by a small amount each time, you can put the pieces together to create a “flipbook”. Flipping through the book shows the wave itself as it moves over time, while each page shows the wave profile at a certain instant in time.

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