# 3dimensional wave propogation.

I thought the maths area would be the best place to ask..

What kind of function would represent a 3 dimensional sine wave?
A sine wave, where the z-axis lays on the circumference of a circle.

berkeman
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I thought the maths area would be the best place to ask..

What kind of function would represent a 3 dimensional sine wave?
A sine wave, where the z-axis lays on the circumference of a circle.

What is the context of the question? The equation for a symmetric longitudinal wave in 3-D is straightforward, I think. But I'm not sure there is a solution for symmetric transverse waves in 3-D...

Essentially, the function for this: There isn't really a context, I'm not currently studying anything relating to this, it just interests me to see the behaviour of waves.

I seem to have found it, by looking for an example image.
z = sinx(√(x2+y2))

berkeman
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Essentially, the function for this: There isn't really a context, I'm not currently studying anything relating to this, it just interests me to see the behaviour of waves.

I seem to have found it, by looking for an example image.
z = sin($\sqrt{x^{2}+y^{2}}$)

Oh, I misunderstood your question then. I thought you wanted it to be symmetric in 3 dimensions, not just 2.

Oh, I misunderstood your question then. I thought you wanted it to be symmetric in 3 dimensions, not just 2.

Actually, that would be interesting..

Thank you for the assistance though. ^_^

Just solve the wave equation in three dimensions, if you are only interested in isotropic propogation then set all the angular derivatives to zero.

jasonRF
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Just solve the wave equation in three dimensions, if you are only interested in isotropic propogation then set all the angular derivatives to zero.

I think like others I am not certain what the OP really meant, but I interpreted the question this way too - perhaps because I have a general interest in waves. Anyway, an example of a 3D plane wave would be:
$$f(x,y,z,t) = \sin\left(k_x x + k_y y + k_z z - \omega t \right)$$

olivermsun