# Transverse Displacement of Stretched String: Derivation of Poisson Eq.

1. May 22, 2009

### UAR

Please how would one derive the Poisson Equation model,

$$\nabla^{2}\psi(x) = \frac{F(x)}{T}$$,

for Transverse displacement $$\psi(x)$$ of a stretched string under constant non-zero tension T and an externally applied transverse force F(x) . Assuming small angle with the horizontal (i.e $$sin(\theta)\approx\theta$$) ?

Thanks

Last edited: May 22, 2009
2. May 22, 2009

### gabbagabbahey

Start by by drawing a picture and labeling all the forces acting on the string. Then apply Newton's second law.