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How to figure wavelength

  1. Feb 7, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    it's stated that 2.5meters separated a trough and an adjacent crest of surfae wave on a lke.


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    3. The attempt at a solution

    At first I thought if the trough to th crest is 2.5meters then i would double that to get the wavelenght from crest to crest. But then when I drew another wave picture, the 2.5 can be the amplitude? so that would make me taking half of the 2.5meters instead?? I think my problrm is not understanding what that statmnt is trying to say. I'm unsure if I would multiply 2.5m by two or divide by half. thanks
     
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  3. Feb 7, 2009 #2

    Doc Al

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    That's how I interpreted the problem statement: The horizontal separation between trough and adjacent crest is 2.5 m. (But I admit that it is ambiguous.)

    If 2.5 m is the vertical separation between those two points, then you would not be able to find the wavelength (which is what you are asked to find, right?).
     
  4. Feb 7, 2009 #3
    yes, when i first read it, i thought i should double the 2.5m., but in the statemnt is it referrring it has a standing wave or regular wave? am i thinking too much into the problem? is it as simple as it sounds? =x
    but you know, you are right, if 2.5 is the vertical separation between the two, I dont think i can find the wavelenght. so go with the first idea?
    thank you for the help.
     
  5. Feb 7, 2009 #4

    Doc Al

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    Yes.
     
  6. Feb 7, 2009 #5
    =) thank you for your help!
     
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