Lab 4 wave motion - waves are said to exhibit simple...

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Lab 4: Wave Motion A wave is a disturbance that travels out away from a point source. There are two main types of waves: transverse and longitudinal waves. These types of waves are “traveling disturbances” through a medium but are different in the way that they travel. Waves are especially ambiguous because waves travel with no net displacement of the particles in the medium. Longitudinal waves are disturbed in a parallel direction to the direction that the wave propagates; also have compression and expansion points. Transverse in opposition disturb the medium by travelling in a perpendicular direction in comparison with that of the direction of wave propagation. If the force that causes the motion is directly proportional to displacement, then the
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Unformatted text preview: waves are said to exhibit simple harmonic motion. The motion of an individual particle in a wave displays transverse motion because the particle motion is perpendicular to the wave motion. In the experiment, we were to measure the amplitude and wavelength of the different numbers of vibrating segments. As the number of vibrating segments increased the amplitude became smaller and smaller and as a result harder and harder to exactly measure. In this case we may have had several external measuring errors in approximating the values of the amplitude and wavelength. @@@ calculate the differences between theoretically and experimental values. ### Graph of wave speed (x- line 6) versus sq rt. Tension (y sq rt of line 2)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/18/2012 for the course PHYSICS 222654 taught by Professor Virginiahall during the Fall '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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