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    Wave Equation : D'Alembert's Solution

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    Given that the general solution to the wave equation in one space dimension

    is given by

    where f, g are arbitrary twice continuously differentiable functions deduce that the solution s satisfying the initial conditions


    for some function v, is

    (this is a special case of the so called D'Alembert's solution of the wave equation).

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    Take the partial derivative of this equation with respect to x holding t constant

    The integral is (1/2c) [F(x+ct) -F(x-ct)] = ...

    Solution Summary

    A solution to a wave equation is investigated and the details are presented.