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Finding Wavelength and Velocity of an Ocean Wave.

  1. Oct 13, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find Wavelength and Velocity of an Ocean Wave.

    Known Variables:
    Water Depth=300m
    Frequency=8secs
    Amplitude=3m


    2. Relevant equations
    Wavelength (m) X Frequency (s-1) = velocity (m/s)
    ocwav.gif
    v=velocity

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have 2 missing variables for both of the above equations.
    Am I missing a variable or equation?

    Thanks.
     

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  3. Dec 8, 2010 #2
    To find the wavelength of an ocean wave you just need to measure from crest to crest.
     
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 8, 2010
  4. Dec 8, 2010 #3
    if only that were in the given data
     
  5. Dec 8, 2010 #4
    If you replace [tex]\lambda [/tex] in your equation according to
    [tex]\lambda = \frac{v}{f}[/tex] where f is known
    you will have an equation with only one unknown, v.
    However this equation cannot be solved analytically but only by numerical methods.
     
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