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Homework Help: Waves question

  1. Sep 14, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Write a wave in one space dimension as ARe(ei(kx-wt-d))where A is the
    amplitude of the wave. Find a second wave of the same frequency such that
    the sum of the two vanishes at x = 0 and x = L. Assuming the wave velocity
    c = w/|k| is fixed, for what frequencies ! is this possible?

    3. The attempt at a solution

    My attempt: I Let x1 = ARe(ei(kx-wt+d)) be wave 1 and x2 = A'Re(ei(kx-wt+d')) be wave 2.
    since they vanish at x=0,L, I obtained the following equations:
    ARe(ei(-wt+d))+A'Re(ei(-wt+d)) = 0 and ARe(ei(Lk-wt+d))+A'Re(ei(Lk-wt+d)) = 0.
    My question is: should I solve this equations and find the frequencies that satisfy this equation ?? Am I in the right path to solve the problems? Id Like to hear different opinions and different approaches.


  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 16, 2011 #2
    Don't we want a standing wave where at least one pair of nodes is at 0 and L?


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