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Solitary Waves - Velocity vs wave height

  1. Jan 30, 2012 #1
    Hi all,

    I am quite new to the topic of solitary waves. All I know is that somehow equations like the KdV equation give solutions to predict the behaviour of solitary waves.

    I have read in a couple of places that the velocity of the wave is proportional to the wave height. I am wondering if that is the case then say a solitary water wave of velocity say 3m/s have only one possible wave height? Which could potentially be determined by using the KdV equation?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Jan 30, 2012 #2

    Bobbywhy

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    Hope these help.

    "the solitary wave observed by John Scott Russell and shows that the peak amplitude is exactly half the speed."
    http://www.tu-chemnitz.de/physik/KSND/abb/node6.html

    "The speed of these solitary waves depends on the height of the wave, so the taller wave is faster than the shorter wave."
    http://www.kettering.edu/physics/drussell/Demos/Solitons/solitons.html [Broken]
     
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  4. Jan 31, 2012 #3
    Thanks Bobbywhy.
     
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