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Wave interference problem

  1. Jan 29, 2006 #1
    Two loudspeakers are producing circular waves of 7m wavelength in phase. A person on the sixth nodal line is 50m from one source. What are the possible distances of the person from the other source?

    I know how to do this question but I don't understand how there can be two different distances. The question states the person is 50m from one source and is on the sixth nodal line. So he shouldn't be able to move at all. If he is fixed 50m from one source, how can the distance to the other source vary? I even roughly drew it out but I can't see it. TiA

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  3. Jan 30, 2006 #2


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    The distance from the other speaker can vary depending in theangle at which the 50m difference is taken. As this is a trig function I would expect there to be limits as in theory there could be an infinite number of nodes (ignoring work done against resistive forces)
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