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Superposition of Waves

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Homework Statement



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

Homework Equations



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


The Attempt at a Solution



No idea
 

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What's the difference between the sound of a flute and guitar?
 
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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?
 
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The wave shape would be different
How does this help?
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?
 
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Sorry that doesnt make any sense to me ?
 

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