# X value closest to origin - phases difference - answer does not match teachers

## Homework Statement

Two sinusoidal waves in a string are defined by the
functions
y1 " (2.00 cm) sin(20.0x # 32.0t)
and
y2 " (2.00 cm) sin(25.0x # 40.0t)
where y1, y2, and x are in centimeters and t is in seconds.
(a) What is the phase difference between these two waves
at the point x " 5.00 cm at t " 2.00 s?

(b) What is the positive
x value closest to the origin for which the two phases
differ by (& at t " 2.00 s? (This is where the two waves

## The Attempt at a Solution

My teacher went over this problem and gave us this answer...

-5x+16= +3.14 -> X=2.57cm -> choose this answer because it is closest to the origin
-5x+16= -3.14 -> X=3.83cm

He mentioned why it was different, but I could not understand what he said... he mumbles a lot... lol.

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turin
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Your symbols are either quite nonstandard, or my browser doesn't interpret them properly. So, just in case others are having the same problem (and this may be why your post has gone unanswered), I will rewrite it for you using standard notation for what I think you meant. However, I'm pretty sure I can tell you why the book disagrees with the teacher ...

Two sinusoidal waves in a string are defined by the
functions
y1 = 2 sin( 20x - 32t )
and
y2 = 2 sin( 25x - 40t )
where y1, y2, and x are in centimeters and t is in seconds.

(a) What is the phase difference between these two waves at the point x=5 at t=2?

(b) What is the positive x value closest to the origin for which the two phases differ by AN ODD MULTIPLE OF π (180o) at t=2? (This is where the two waves add to zero.)

## The Attempt at a Solution

My teacher went over this problem and gave us this answer...

-5x+16= +3.14 -> X=2.57cm -> choose this answer because it is closest to the origin
-5x+16= -3.14 -> X=3.83cm