Problem 17.14

Please wait for the animation to completely load.

The animation shows a portion of a standing wave on a taut string (position is given in centimeters and time is given in seconds). Restart.

  1. What is the speed of a wave traveling to the right on this string?

  2. Write an equation for the height of the string as a function of both position and time. That is, write a formula for y(x, t).

Problem by Wolfgang Christian and Mario Belloni.
HTML updated for JavaScript by Aidan Edmondson.
Physlets were developed at Davidson College and converted from Java to JavaScript using the SwingJS system developed at St. Olaf College.