Posted by mike on Monday, January 10, 2011 at 12:34am.
The following wave function represents a travelling wave:
y = 3.45 / [6.35 + (6.35x−8.30 t )2]
where y and x are in cm, and t is in seconds.a) What is the maximum displacement of the wave at t = 7.50 s ?
b) what is the velocity.

physics  Damon, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 2:23am
Do you mean
y = 3.45 / [6.35 + (6.35x−8.30 t )^2] ??
if so for part a we want the shape when t = 7.5
y = 3.45/[ 6.35 + (6.35x  62.25)^2]
that is biggest when 6.35x =62.25
for part b, when is 6.35 x  8.30 t a constant? That is where if we hold that constant the wave looks the same.
y = f(6.35x8.30t)
constant when
6.35x8.30t = k
x = (8.3/6.35)t + k/6.35
dx/dt = 8.3/6.35

physics  mike, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 7:25am
The following wave function represents a travelling wave:
y = 3.45 / [6.35 + (6.35x−8.30 t )2]
where y and x are in cm, and t is in seconds. a). What is the maximum displacement of the wave at t = 7.50 s ?
b). what is the wave velocity?
please explain more

physics  Damon, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:44am
If you move along with the wave, so that the wave always looks the same beside you, that is the phase velocity of the wave.
wave is a function of form:
y = f(axbt)
as long as axbt is constant, the function is constant
that happens when
a x  bt = constant
or
a dx/dt = b
dx/dt = b/a

physics  Damon, Monday, January 10, 2011 at 10:45am
In part a, the function is big when the denominator is small.
That is when
6.35x−8.30 t = 0
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