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Standing Wave Question?

  1. Dec 4, 2004 #1
    Adjacent antinodes of a standing wave on a string are a distance 14.5 cm apart. A particle at an antinode oscillates in simple harmonic motion with amplitude 0.850 cm and period 8.00×10-2 s . The string lies along the + x - axis and is fixed at x = 0.

    Find the displacement of a point on the string as a function of position and time.
    Find the speed of propagation of a transverse wave in the string.
    Find the amplitude at a point a distance 3.20 to the right of an antinode.

    - the first question was pretty easy easy i just used the formula :
    A*cos(2*pi*t/T)*sin(2*pi*x/(2*s)) T = period A = amplitude
    and i got the result: 3.25*10^(-3)m. which is correct, now can anybody give me any clues on how to calculate the speed of the propagation and the amplitude at 3.20 to the right of the antinode?
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  3. Dec 4, 2004 #2


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    if i remember correctly

    [tex] v = \lambda f [/tex]

    [tex] v = \frac{w}{k} [/tex]

    For the third question you know an atinode is located at a distance of [itex] \frac{\lambda}{4} [/itex] so [itex] x = \frac{\lambda}{4} + 3.2 [/itex]

    [tex] k = \frac{2 \pi}{\lambda} [/tex]

    Remember Stationary waves formula

    [tex] y = (2A \sin kx) \cos \omega t [/tex]
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