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Serway_PSE_quick_ch16 - Physics for Scientists and...

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Unformatted text preview: Physics for Scientists and Engineers, 6e Chapter 16 – Wave Motion In a long line of people waiting to buy tickets, the first person leaves and a pulse of motion occurs as people step forward to fill the gap. As each person steps forward, the gap moves through the line. The propagation of this gap is 1 2 50% 50% 1 2 3 4 5 1. transverse 2. longitudinal It is longitudinal because the disturbance (the shift of position of the people) is parallel to the direction in which the wave travels. Consider the “wave” at a baseball game: people stand up and shout as the wave arrives at their location, and the resultant pulse moves around the stadium. This wave is 1 2 50% 50% 1 2 3 4 5 1. transverse 2. longitudinal It is transverse because the people stand up and sit down (vertical motion), whereas the wave moves either to the left or to the right. A sinusoidal wave of frequency f is traveling along a stretched string. The string is brought to rest, and a second traveling wave of frequency 2 f is established...
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This note was uploaded on 01/19/2010 for the course PHYS 200 taught by Professor Davies during the Spring '08 term at Roger Williams.

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