Wave: amplitude, frequency, wavelength

In summary, the boy flicked a string harder, which resulted in an increase in amplitude and no change in speed.
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Homework Statement


Original question: A boy flicked a string harder, describe the changes of the waveform and the speed of the wave.


Homework Equations


V = f x λ
Frequency is how many completed oscillation per second.
Wavelength is distance between two adjacent points of the same phase on a wave.


The Attempt at a Solution


My answer: Amplitude will increase, and speed remain unchanged. Flicked harder, more energy received, amplitude bigger. Speed depend on medium, so unchanged.

My confusion:
1. The displacement of pendulum is amplitude, how to find wavelength from there?
Let said From A to B to C to B to A. Is the wavelength is the distance move by the pendulum along the path?


2. If the amplitude turn bigger but the speed remain, it should take more time to go up and down, so wavelength become shorter?

3. By assume statement 2 is correct, according to the formula, frequency should be higher. Am I right


Very confused.
ahchew1413
 
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I still can't understand how to find wavelength from the pendulum. Can you kindly explain a bit.

thanks,
ahchew
 
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More information needed. Is this string as a pendulum, and the boy makes the pendulum swing wider? Or is this a traveling transverse wave being sent down a string by a flick? Or is it a stretched string with a standing transverse wave?
 
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hi haruspex:

The original question regarding the wave:
It is a traveling transverse wave being sent down a string by a flick. The boy create a transverse wave the a rope, then, he flicked harder to see the changes.

Why the flick does not change the frequency and wavelength? Was it because the medium (the rope) does not change, as a result, speed does not change. So, frequency and wavelength does not change also?



Other question that not related to original question.
How do we find the wavelength from a pendulum?

thanks,
ahchew
 

Related to Wave: amplitude, frequency, wavelength

1. What is the amplitude of a wave?

The amplitude of a wave is the maximum displacement of a point on the wave from its rest position. It is a measure of the energy carried by the wave and is typically measured in meters.

2. How is frequency related to wavelength?

Frequency and wavelength are inversely related in a wave. This means that as frequency increases, wavelength decreases, and vice versa. This relationship follows the equation f = c/λ, where f is frequency, c is the speed of the wave, and λ is wavelength.

3. Can a wave with a high amplitude also have a high frequency?

Yes, a wave can have both a high amplitude and a high frequency. These two characteristics of a wave are independent of each other and do not affect one another.

4. How do we measure wavelength?

Wavelength is measured as the distance between two consecutive points on a wave that are in phase with each other. For example, the distance between two consecutive crests or two consecutive troughs on a transverse wave.

5. What are some real-world examples of waves with different amplitudes and frequencies?

Some real-world examples of waves with different amplitudes and frequencies include light waves, sound waves, water waves, and seismic waves. Light waves have a high frequency and low amplitude, while sound waves have a lower frequency and higher amplitude. Water and seismic waves can have varying frequencies and amplitudes depending on the source and strength of the wave.

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