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Homework Help: Wave Function for harmonic wave :s

  1. Oct 3, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Hi all, ive been given some homework on wave functions to find direction and velocity etc... but as its the first week of uni for me, we havent even covered wave functions or anything :/ and the homework is due on weds 10th oct...

    2. Relevant equations

    y(x,t)=Asin(kx-omega t)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Would like to know what the terms are, i know that k is the wave number, but thats about it.
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 3, 2007 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    y is the value of the wave function at a specific position x and time t. The amplitude of the wave (the maximum value) is A, and omega is the frequency.
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