521_Physics ProblemsTechnical Physics

521_Physics ProblemsTechnical Physics - 18 Superposition...

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18 CHAPTER OUTLINE 18.1 Superposition and Interference 18.2 Standing Waves 18.3 Standing Waves in a String Fixed at Both Ends 18.4 Resonance 18.5 Standing Waves in Air Columns 18.6 Standing Waves in Rod and Plates 18.7 Beats: Interference in Time 18.8 Non-Sinusoidal Wave Patterns Superposition and Standing Waves ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS Q18.1 No. Waves with other waveforms are also trains of disturbance that add together when waves from different sources move through the same medium at the same time. Q18.2 The energy has not disappeared, but is still carried by the wave pulses. Each particle of the string still has kinetic energy. This is similar to the motion of a simple pendulum. The pendulum does not stop at its equilibrium position during oscillation—likewise the particles of the string do not stop at the equilibrium position of the string when these two waves superimpose. Q18.3 No. A wave is not a solid object, but a chain of disturbance. As described by the principle of superposition, the waves move
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