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Homework Help: Waves (Sinos., Interference, etc.)

  1. Oct 26, 2005 #1
    1.) Suppose the equation for the left end of a string is y = 0.1sin((pi)x - (pi)t).
    What would be the equation for the motion of the point on the string at x = 1.5m to the right of the left end. Apparently, x is set to zero to yield the equation y = 0.1sin(-(pi)t). But I don't understand why. Any explanation is helpful.

    2.) If i have determined the phase difference of a wave to be 2.0 rad, and I also have angular frequency (4 rad/s), how would i determine the phase in terms of time? Apparently its phase / angular frequency (so, 0.5sec), but I don't understand this conceptually.

    3.) Two speakers are driven in phase by a common oscillator at 800Hz and face each other at distance of 1.25m. Locate the points along a line joining the two speakers where relative minima of sound pressure amplitude would be expected.

    Once again, I am solving for the points where there is destructive interference. In this case, I believe that it would be the nodes. I could solve for wavelength via [itex]\frac{v}{f}[/itex] Thus wavelength equals 2.33m. Where do i go from there? How do i find the coordinates of the nodes?
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2005 #2

    daniel_i_l

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    If you have the wavelength then you just have to find the points (P)between the speakers (S1,S2) were P(S1-S2) is a multiple of half the wavelength ((n-0.5)(wavelength/2))
     
  4. Oct 27, 2005 #3
    Thank you.

    Can anyone try to solve the first two problems?
     
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