We'll need the trigonometric identity below for part c:
The equation describes a traveling wave. The negative sign in the sine function (kx - ωt) shows that the wave described by this general solution is traveling in the positive x-direction.
Consider a traveling wave described by the formula
y1(x,t) = Asin (kx - ωt)
This function might represent the lateral displacement of a string, a local electric field, the position of the surface of a body of water, or any of a number of other physical manifestations of waves.
(A) Which one of the following statements about the wave described in the problem introduction is correct?
(B) Which of the expressions given is a mathematical expression for a wave of the same amplitude that is traveling in the opposite direction? At time t=0 this new wave should have the same displacement as y1(x,t), the wave described in the problem introduction.
(C) The principle of superposition states that if two functions each separately satisfy the wave equation, then the sum (or difference) also satisfies the wave equation. This principle follows from the fact that every term in the wave equation is linear in the amplitude of the wave.
Consider the sum of two waves y1(x,t) + y2(x,t), where y1(x,t) is the wave described in Part A and y2(x,t) is the wave described in Part B. These waves have been chosen so that their sum can be written as follows:
ys = ye(x) yt(t)
This form is significant because ye(x), called the envelope, depends only on position, and yt(t) depends only on time. Traditionally, the time function is taken to be a trigonometric function with unit amplitude; that is, the overall amplitude of the wave is written as part of ye(x).
Find ye(x) and yt(t). Keep in mind that yt(t) should be a trigonometric function of unit amplitude.
Express your answers in terms of A, k, ω, x, and t.
(D) At the position x=0, what is the displacement of the string (assuming that the standing wave ys(x,t) is present)?
Express your answer in terms of parameters given in the problem introduction.
(E) At certain times, the string will be perfectly straight. Find the first time t1>0 when this is true.
Express t1 in terms of ω, k, and necessary constants.
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