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Ripple wave equation's name

  1. Jan 31, 2006 #1
    Do you know if there is any name for the equation that describes the shape of a ripple wave? An example of that kind of wave can be found at this link.
    My question is: what would you call the curve traced by the ball rolling along the ripple wave curve?
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  3. Feb 1, 2006 #2


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    The best approximation to water surface waves currently in use is a version of the Shcrodinger Wave equation.

    Oceanographers often use something called the "linear model" but it fails in extreme cases.

    I belive that that path followed by a floating object is nearly an elipsiod.
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