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

What is the shortest horizontal distance from a crest to a point of zero acceleration?

2. Relevant equations


3. The attempt at a solution

Dont know how to begin...
Do you know any calculus?
Well I do...kinda. That was a couple of years ago. Except the physics course I am taking is an algebra based course...

Any other suggestions?


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ok … forget calculus …

on a graph, what shapes are negative zero and positive acceleration? :smile:
dietcogekal it may help to think of something like a swinging pendulum.Where in the swing is the acceleration a maximum and where is it zero?


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This is sounding more like simple harmonic motion, and not a wave phenomena problem.

We really should have an equation describing the motion, to work from ... what does the text book have in the way of equations for this topic?

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