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"Point S1 and S2 are close sources of circular water waves each of wavelength 6.0cm. P is a point some distance away from the sources. Explain whether the following path differences (path difference = PS2 - PS1) result in nodes or anti-nodes.
a) 6.0cm
b) 9.0cm
c) 18cm
d) 21cm"

I am very confused. What am I supposed to do?

  • Physics -

    if the path length is a multiple of a wavelength, reinforcement (anti-node) occurs, if it is a odd number of half-wavelengths, it is destructive and a node results.

    for instance d) Not a multiple of 6cm, but it is ...18+3 or 6*3+3 which means it is a halflength left over, destructive.

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    Ah! Thank you so much!

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