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The motion of a vibrating system is described by the function y(x, t) = A0e^(-at)sin(kx-ωt). If t refers to time in seconds and x refers to distance in meters, what must the units of k be?

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  1. k x must be the same units as ω t which is 2 pi f t which is 2 pi t/T which is no units (angle) so
    k x must be no units so k must be 1/meter

    by the way if L is wavelength and T is period
    sin(kx-ωt) is the same as sin (2 pi x/L - 2 pi t/T)
    so kx has same units as x/L so k has same units as 1/wavelength

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