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Homework Help: Energy carried by a wave

  1. Mar 9, 2009 #1
    Hi all,
    In all books I looked it is written that energy carried by a wave is proportional to its amplitudes square

    E[tex]\propto[/tex]A2, if wave equation is f(x)=Asin(wx)

    but what is the exact equation?

    Also if we define the wave with fourier series


    what would be the energy carried by this wave?
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  3. Mar 9, 2009 #2
    To be proportional, you expect [tex]E=kA^2[/tex]. k depends on the type of wave and type of medium.
    I suppose you meant [tex]\sum Acos(nx)+Bsin(nx)[/tex].


    if k is independent of frequency. Otherwise

    Last edited: Mar 9, 2009
  4. Mar 10, 2009 #3
    this is a little off topic, but i'm doing a project and i need to know some infrastructure issues with tidal wave energy generation, and i don't know of any, help please?
  5. Mar 10, 2009 #4


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    Well, what other uses of the ocean are there that might be in conflict with wave energy extraction devices? And what kind of infrastructure would be necessary to convert the energy to electrical grid power, and how would you get it to the grid?

    Look at the various proposals for (and some actual installed) wave power extraction facilities, and think about those issues I mentioned above...
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