Register to reply 
3 Problems involving superposition 
Share this thread: 
#1
Jan2207, 08:44 AM

P: 16

Here are the three problems I'm having trouble with:



#2
Jan2207, 11:03 AM

Sci Advisor
HW Helper
P: 1,772

First problem:



#3
Jan2207, 12:05 PM

Sci Advisor
HW Helper
P: 1,772

2nd problem



#4
Oct1707, 03:04 AM

P: 102

3 Problems involving superposition
Isn't the [tex]\lambda[/tex] for the third harmonic [tex]\frac{2L}{3}[/tex]?
If you use hookes law, don't we need to know the spring constant k before using this information to solve this problem? 


#5
Oct1707, 12:24 PM

Sci Advisor
HW Helper
P: 1,772

You are right about the 2L/3, although this thread "died" 9 months ago.
But to answer your questions, you don't need to know the spring constant. You just need to know the proportionality between the stretch of the string, to the tension of the spring, to the speed of the wave in the string. If the frequency is constant, by doubling the stretch of the spring, the tension will double, and the wave speed will increase by 1.41 (square root 2). to have the same frequency go from being the 3rd harmonic to being the 2nd harmonic (2 is 2/3 of 3), the speed will have to increase by 3/2 of it's original, and the tension and therefore stretch will have to increase by the square root of 3/2 Hmm, but that doesn't give 18 cm. Just a minute...d'oh! the stretch will increase by the square of 3/2 (not the root). 


Register to reply 
Related Discussions  
Two physics problems involving collisions...  Introductory Physics Homework  3  
Parallel or in series?Superposition problems!  Engineering, Comp Sci, & Technology Homework  17  
Problems involving Newton's law  Introductory Physics Homework  11  
Problems Involving Integration Please...  Introductory Physics Homework  2  
3 problems involving work and energy  Introductory Physics Homework  24 