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Displacement of Transverse Waves HELP

  1. Oct 1, 2008 #1
    Displacement of Transverse Waves HELP!!

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    At time t=0, the displacement of a transverse wave pulse is described by y=2/(x^(4) +1), with both x and y in cm. Write an expression for the wavefunction as a function of position x and time t if it is propagating in the positive x direction at 3.0 cm/s

    2. Relevant equations
    I'm not quite sure if this has to do with partial derivatives...and if it does, I don't really understand partial derivatives...

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that v= 3.0 cm/s...
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  3. Oct 1, 2008 #2
    Re: Displacement of Transverse Waves HELP!!

    With a velocity of propagation v = 3.0 cm/s, the wave is shifting along the x-axis. The concept here is mathematical: what would you do to this equation to make the function shift left or right? There is no need for partial derivatives.
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