A wave of amplitude 0.37 \ m interferes with a second wave of amplitude 0.18 \ m is traveling in...


A wave of amplitude {eq}0.37 \ m {/eq} interferes with a second wave of amplitude {eq}0.18 \ m {/eq} is traveling in the same direction.

What is the largest resultant amplitude that can occur?


An interference could either be constructive or destructive. When waves come together, the waves are superimposed such that the amplitudes of the individual waves are added together.

Answer and Explanation:

The largest resultant amplitude is the sum of the individual amplitudes and this is called a constructive interference

{eq}0.37~\mathrm{m}+0.18~\mathrm{m} = 0.55~\mathrm{m}{/eq}

Learn more about this topic:

Constructive and Destructive Interference

from CLEP Natural Sciences: Study Guide & Test Prep

Chapter 8 / Lesson 16

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