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Superposition waves

  1. Nov 17, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two wave pulses on a string approach one another at the time t = 0, as shown in the figure below, except that pulse 2 is inverted so that it is a downward deflection of the string rather than an upward deflection. Each pulse moves with a speed of 1.0 m/s. Assume that the superposition principle holds for these waves, and that the absolute value of the height of each pulse is 1 mm in the figure below. Determine the value of the resultant wave at x = 4.1 m at t = 1.0 s, 2.0 s, 2.5 s, 3.0 s, and 4.0 s.


    2. Relevant equations

    None? o_o

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Sorry to bother everyone on the same day again, but everyone is just so helpful on this forum! :) This one makes my heart sad because I don't know how to find the slope of pulse 2, which is essentially a straight line. :(

    The only solutions I didn't get were t = 2.0 s and 2.5 s. But I think if I understood how to do 2.0 s, then 2.5 would be manageable.

    I understand the idea of superposition, but I don't know how to apply it, I guess. Ha ha. :'( My friend mentioned something about finding the slope of pulse 2 first, but I don't know how to do that. I think it's because I'm underthinking.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 18, 2007 #2
    The slope of pulse two may be found using the graph. You know the height and the width of the pulse.
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