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CharliH

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## Homework Statement

A uniform rope of length

*L*hangs freely from the ceiling. Show that the time for a transverse wave to travel the length of the rope is t

_{0}= [tex] 2\sqrt{L/g}[/tex].

## Homework Equations

v = [tex] \sqrt{\tau/\mu}[/tex]. (Where [tex]\tau[/tex] is the tension and [tex]\mu[/tex] the linear density of the rope.)

## The Attempt at a Solution

Set up axes so that the rope is parallel to the x-axis, with the bottom of the rope at the origin.

Let m(x) represent the mass of the rope below x. Then [tex] m(x) = \mu x [/tex]

giving [tex]\tau (x) = m(x)g = \mu g x[/tex]

so [tex] v (x) = \sqrt{\mu g x/\mu} = \sqrt{gx}[/tex]

Also [tex] L = \int^{t_0}_{0} vdt[/tex]

I can see that velocity is a function of time and that integrating will give me something at least similar to the required equation, but I can't figure out how to get v in terms of t. Or maybe I should be getting x in terms of t. I couldn't find that either, though.