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Linear Wave equation

  1. Sep 16, 2012 #1

    I am studying wave mechanics and I managed to derive the linear wave equation with a string. Now I don't understand the significance of the equation or why I can use a string oscillating to make it general and apply to all sorts of waves


    this one

    [tex] \frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial x^2}=\frac{1}{v^2} \frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial t^2}[/tex]
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012
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  3. Sep 16, 2012 #2
    What equation did you derive, can you post it.?
  4. Sep 16, 2012 #3
    This may help you understanding, where this equation comes from:
    http://amath.colorado.edu/courses/4380/2009fall/wave_equations.pdf [Broken]
    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2017
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