Relfected wave equation for free and fixed end

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Homework Statement


Hello,
I have problems with expressing a reflected wave mathematically.
In my printed notes I found the following formulas for reflected waves:
a) For a fixed end: incoming wave: [tex]y_1(x,t)=e^{-i(kx+ωt)}[/tex]
reflected wave: [tex]y_2(x,t)=re^{i(kx-ωt)}[/tex] where r is the reflection coefficient.
I understand the - in front of ωt is because the wave has changed its direction, and the - in front of the whole power (before i) is because the wave is reflected.
Now for a free end: [tex]y_1(x,t)=e^{i(kx-ωt)}[/tex] it is said that [tex]y_2(x,t)=re^{i(-kx-ωt)}[/tex]

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Shouldn't the reflected wave for a free end in this case be:
[tex]y_2(x,t)=re^{i(kx+ωt)}[/tex] because the wave is not inverted, but it changes its direction?

Any help appreciated!
 
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Could anyone please have a look at this problem? I thought it was quite straightforward :(
 

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