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#1
Jan2213, 02:46 PM

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we have the wave equation as follows with non zero phase constant:
y(x,t) = ym * sin(k( x  PHI/k)  wt) or y(x,t) = ym * sin(kx  w(t + PHI / w)) I don't understand where did the PHI /k or PHI / w came from ?? I understand how did we derive the wave equation but I don't understand this part. 


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Jan2213, 02:53 PM

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But the more basic thing is, I never seen any book write it this way, that is very confusing. The three terms are totally independent. [itex]\omega t[/itex] is the time dependent, kx is distance dependent, and [itex] \phi[/itex] is a phase constant. You don't confuse this more by mixing them together as if they are related. People usually set either t=0 or x=0 as a reference and generate two separate equations that relate t or x with [itex]\phi[/itex]. With this, you can generate two separate graphs of (y vs t) or (y vs x). 


#3
Jan2213, 03:10 PM

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I see but what is then the reason for putting it in this form? What is the logic behind it ?



#4
Jan2213, 04:10 PM

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Question about phase constant
I don't see the logic and I never seen any book that presented it this way. I disagree with the book. In fact, I am at this very moment doing a lot of digging and asking questions regarding to these very kind of phasing issue with respect to direction of propagation, been searching through a lot of books and no body tries to put the equation like this way.......as if it is not confused enough dealing with phase constant with respects to t and x alone.



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Jan2313, 01:18 AM

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