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## Wave superposition, interference, and reflection

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**Adding waves: superposition**• When two waves are incident on the same place at the same time, their amplitudes can usually just be added. • In the next few slides we will look at some special cases: (both with two waves at the same frequency and with the same amplitude) • same frequency and amplitude • superposition at a point in space • same direction, but different phase • opposite directions**Adding waves**• In most simple systems, the amplitude of two waves that cross or overlap can just be added together.**For which phase difference is the superposition**amplitude a maximum? • =0 • =/2 • = **For which phase difference is the superposition**amplitude a minimum? • =0 • =/2 • = **Adding two waves that have the same frequency and direction,**but different phase • What happens when the phase difference is 0? • What happens when the phase difference is /2? • What happens when the phase difference is ?**Constructive interference when =0.**• Destructive interference when =. Link to animation of two sine waves adding in and out of phase (Kettering)**What happens when a wave is incident on an immovable object?**• It reflects, travelling in the opposite direction and upside down. (Now watch patiently while your instructor plays with the demonstration.)**Same frequency, opposite directions**• What happens when kx is 0? • What happens when kx is /2? • What happens when kx is ? Link to animation of two sine waves traveling in opposite directions**Standing waves**• Interfering waves traveling in opposite directions can produce fixed points called nodes. • y1= ym sin(kx – wt) • y2= ym sin(kx + wt) v=w/k • yT = y1 + y2 = 2ym cos(wt) sin(kx) • yT=0 when kx = 0, p, 2p... • yT(t)=maximum when kx = p/2, 3p/2, 5p/2 ...**Fundamental mode (1st harmonic, n = 1)**2nd harmonic, n = 2 Standing waves - ends fixed • Amplitude will resonate when an integer number of half-wavelengths fit in the opening. • Example: violin 5th harmonic, n = 5**Fundamental mode (1st harmonic), n = 1**l=4L/n, n odd 3rd harmonic, n = 3 9th harmonic, n = 9 Standing waves - one end free • Free end will be an anti-nodeat resonance. • Demo: spring (slinky) with one end free.**Fundamental mode (1st harmonic), n = 1**l=2L/n 5th harmonic, n = 5 2nd harmonic, n = 2 Standing waves - both ends free Example: wind instrument