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Proof of Phase change

  1. Feb 25, 2007 #1
    how can we proof the phase change from denser spring to a less dense one?
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  3. Feb 26, 2007 #2


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    Do you mean 'prove' ? Please explain the problem more. Is this in relation to a simple harmonic oscillator ?
  4. Feb 26, 2007 #3
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  5. Feb 26, 2007 #4
    Do you mean phase changes in the earth which cause seismic reflections?
  6. Feb 26, 2007 #5
    i think that's not related to the seismic reflection.

    I want to know if there is any proofs of

    "how do the wave speeds compare for the two strings?
    From high speed to low speed (low density to high density)"
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  7. Feb 27, 2007 #6


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    You write expressions for the waves at the interface (incident, reflected and transmitted) with unknown phases, and use the boundary conditions to find the relation between the different phases.

    I don't have a reference off hand, but most textbooks on acoustics, vibration transmission, etc. should work through details of the maths.
  8. Feb 27, 2007 #7
    can it be proved by momentum?
    i can find them in the textbooks, but without the proofs
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