Chapter 12, Waves, 12.5 Stationary and Progressive Waves

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Progressive Wave - one wave that goes from one place to another 

Standing(stationary) Wave - when two progessive waves intefere

Stationary waves are formed when two progressive waves are superposed:

  • equal frequency 
  • nearly the same amplitude
  • same speed
  • travelling in opposite direction

How to create standing waves (model answer)

To create a standing wave, you must first have two progressive waves travelling in…


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