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Are All Waves Periodic

  1. Nov 5, 2008 #1
    Hi guys.. I was wondering are all waves periodical? I mean is periodicity an intrinsic characteristic of a wave?

    Thanks,

    Ed.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 5, 2008 #2
    No. You can have just a short pulse.
     
  4. Nov 5, 2008 #3

    Hootenanny

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    You ask an interesting question, the answer is no. Waves can be periodical, quasi-periodical or indeed non-periodical.

    Edit: nasu got there first.
     
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