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Phase of Wave

  1. Jul 3, 2012 #1

    mps

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    The phase of a wave at (x,t) is a0cosϕ = ℜa0e.

    Where did this come from? I know that the phase of a wave is given by ϕ = kx−ωt+ϕ0 but then I am stuck.

    Please help! Thanks :D
     
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  3. Jul 3, 2012 #2

    tiny-tim

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    hi mps! :smile:
    no, that's not the phase, it's the displacement (from x at time t)

    the phase is ϕ = kx−ωt+ϕ0 :wink:
     
  4. Jul 3, 2012 #3

    mps

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    Thanks Tiny Tim! i totally get it now :)
     
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