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Superposition of Waves

  1. Jun 19, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    If sound waves superimpose, why is a person in the audience able to distinguish different sources of sound eg flute and guitar.

    2. Relevant equations

    Amplitude (A+B) = Amplitude (A) + Amplitude (B)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    No idea
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  3. Jun 19, 2011 #2
    What's the difference between the sound of a flute and guitar?
  4. Jun 20, 2011 #3
    The wave shape would be different, and they could be playing different notes at different times (assuming they are both playing together in a band for example).
    How does this help?
  5. Jun 21, 2011 #4


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    That's right. So if the wave shapes are different (even for the same note), what would happen when the two waves are added? Intuitively, if the two wave shapes are different (even for the same note), can you distinguish the sounds coming from flute and a guitar?
  6. Jun 23, 2011 #5
    Sorry that doesnt make any sense to me ?
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