Linear Wave equation

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Hello,

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

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[tex] \frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial x^2}=\frac{1}{v^2} \frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial t^2}[/tex]
 
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What equation did you derive, can you post it.?
 
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This may help you understanding, where this equation comes from:
http://amath.colorado.edu/courses/4380/2009fall/wave_equations.pdf [Broken]
 
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