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Statement of a problem № 3483

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(a) Consider a small segment of a string upon which a wave pulse is travelling. Using this diagram, or otherwise, show that the wave equation for transverse waves on a stretched string is d^2y/dx^2=(n/F)d^2y/dt^2 where n is the mass per unit length and F is the tension. (b) Show that the wave function representing a wave travelling in the positive x-direction, y(x-vt), is a solution of the wave equation. Obtain an expression for the velocity, v, of the wave (Fig. 8.1).

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(a)  Consider a small segment of a string upon which a wave pulse is travelling.

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