1. Apr 17, 2010

jwang023

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

So, I was wondering how I can correlate frequency, amplitude, wavelength, period, and time with each other. I'm trying to solve this problem. A 4.5 Hz wave with an amplitude of 12 cm and a wavelength of 27 cm travels along a stretched horizontal string. a) how far does a given peak on the wave travel in a time interval of 0.50 seconds? b)how far does a knot on the string travel in the same time interval?
I just would like the basic conceptions explained so I can try to figure this problem out myself! Thanks.

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Apr 17, 2010

Cryxic

For the first part, you know that the velocity is given by the wavelength multiplied by the frequency. Once you have the velocity, you multiply it with the time interval to get the distance.

I'm confused about what the question is referring to in the second part.

3. Apr 17, 2010

jwang023

Thanks for the help on the first part. The second part of the question was asking, "how far does a knot on the string travel in the same time interval?" Personally, I'm quite confused with the second part as well. Is it asking if there was a knot tied into the string?

4. Apr 18, 2010

Redbelly98

Staff Emeritus
A knot represents a "fixed" point on the string. It will oscillate up and down, but not travel along the string. The amplitude and frequency determine how a knot would move.