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Two waves Interfereing resulting waves interferes with another wave

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[SOLVED] Two waves Interfereing...resulting waves interferes with another wave

1. Homework Statement
Two traveling sinusoidal waves given by

Y1(x,t) = 3.87 sin (2.00x - 40.0t) and Y2(x,t) = 3.87 sin(2.00x - 40.0t + 120deg.)

interfere. The resulting wave interferes with

Y3 ( x, t) = 3.87 sin ( 2.00x- 40.0t)


2. Homework Equations





3. The Attempt at a Solution

i am confused...do i add the two first waves together, then add that wave with the third wave? do i need to change my degrees to radians?
 

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Hootenanny
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alright so i guess i need to know how to add waves...
 
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There are some rather obvious trig identities that you should be using here. Do you have a table of trig identities? If so, can you find one in which two sine functions are being added together?
 
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i have my physics book which doesn't go to sinusoidal waves
 
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i have my physics book which doesn't go to sinusoidal waves
Try looking for the angle-sum identity for sine. If you can't find it in your physics text, try a mathematics text or alternatively have a look on the internet :wink:
 
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thnx... you mean like

sin(A+B) = sinAcosB + cosAsinB

i don't understand how that applies to the waves adding tho
 
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Tom Mattson
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i have my physics book which doesn't go to sinusoidal waves
I'm talking about trig identities that come from a typical course in College Algebra and Trigonometry or Precalculus. Surely such a math course would be a prerequisite for your physics course?
 
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ynet(x, t) = y1(x, t) + y2(x, t)

= Asin(wt - kx) + Asin(wt - kx + f)

= [2Acos 1/2(theta)]sin(wt -kx + 1/2 f).
 
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And what is "theta"?
 
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originally its 120 so...theta would be 60 for the first two interference and 30 for the 2nd interference?
 
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sry i don't why the f's are f's they should be thetas
 
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sry i don't why the f's are f's they should be thetas
Right. And it doesn't matter if you call them all f's or thetas, as long as they are the same symbol.

So there is your formula for adding two sinusoidal waves with the same amplitude and frequency, but different phase angles.
 
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ok so now i have a few more questions about the reamaing part of the problem.

its ask for
amplitude:
2ym cos 120/2 = 2*3.87*cos 60 = 3.87 (interference of 1+2)
2ym cos 60/2 = 2*3.87*cos 30 = 6.70(interference of resultant and 3)

correct?

Phase = 120/2 = 60 (interference of 1+2)
60 / 2 = 30 (interference of resultant and 3)

wavelength = i need help here...isn't it lambda?
defined as 2pi/k

frequency
defined as w = 2piF ; F is frequency?
defined as w = 2pi/T ; since f = 1/T
so F = 1/T

period:


wave number
this is k right?
 
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i have 715 deadline please help
 
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You are correct on all counts.
 
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period

what about the period
 
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Those are all correct. And since you got the frequency, you can easily get the period.
 
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for the final period would it be .157?
 
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Yes indeedy.
 

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