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    Transverse Waves

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    A uniform cord of length L and mass m is hung vertically from a support.

    a) What is the speed of a transverse wave in this cord, as a function of height h from the lower end?
    b) If the cord is 4.0 m long and has a mass of 0.5 kg, how long does it take a pulse to travel from one end to the other?

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    a ) Velocity of wave = square root of (T/ Mu )
    Where T is the tension and Mu is the mass per unit length = m/ L
    Velocity at a distance h from the lower end
    Tension in the rope at a ...

    Solution Summary

    This solution determines the formula for the speed of a transverse wave and calculates the time taken for the wave to travel a distance.