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

Question:

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?

Interference:

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}


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Constructive and Destructive Interference

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