Superposition Principle

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  • Problem 1
    Find the wavelength, frequency, and speed of the wave in the top panel, f(x,t).
  • Problem 2
    Find a wave function, g(x,t), that will produce a standing wave with a node at x=0, (i.e., at the center.)
  • Problem 3
    What wave function, g(x,t), will produce a beat wave with a beat frequency of 0.2 Hz.
  • Problem 4
    Traveling waves need not be sinusoidal. Find a wave function, g(x,t), that interferes destructively with the incoming wave, f(x,t), at the point x=0;


Test your function here. g(x,t)=


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