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# Solved Example Problems for Waves Superposition Principle

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## Interference of waves

### EXAMPLE 11.16

Consider two sources A and B as shown in the figure below. Let the two sources emit simple harmonic waves of same frequency but of different amplitudes, and both are in phase (same phase). Let O be any point equidistant from A and B as shown in the figure. Calculate the intensity at points O, Y and X. (X and Y’ are not equidistant from A & B) ### Solution

The distance between OA and OB are the same and hence, the waves starting from A and B reach O after covering equal distances (equal path lengths). Thus, the path difference between two waves at O is zero.

OA  OB = 0

Since the waves are in the same phase, at the point O, the phase difference between two waves is also zero. Thus, the resultant intensity at the point O is maximum.

Consider a point Y, such that the path difference between two waves is λ. Then the phase difference at Y is Therefore, at the point Y, the two waves from A and B are in phase, hence, the intensity will be maximum.

Consider a point X, and let the path difference the between two waves be λ/2.

Then the phase difference at X is Therefore, at the point X, the waves meet and are in out of phase, Hence, due to destructive interference, the intensity will be minimum.

### EXAMPLE 11.17

Two speakers C and E are placed 5 m apart and are driven by the same source. Let a man stand at A which is 10 m away from the mid point O of C and E. The man walks towards the point O which is at 1 m (parallel to OC) as shown in the figure. He receives the first minimum in sound intensity at B. Then calculate the frequency of the source.

(Assume speed of sound = 343 m s-1) ### Solution The first minimum occurs when the two waves reaching the point B are 180° (out of phase). The path difference ∆x = λ/2.

In order to calculate the path difference, we have to find the path lengths x1 and x2.

In a right triangle BDC, The path difference ∆x = x2 − x1 = 10.6 m−10.1 m = 0.5 m. Required that this path difference ## Formation of beats

### EXAMPLE 11.18

Consider two sound waves with wavelengths 5 m and 6 m. If these two waves propagate in a gas with velocity 330 ms-1. Calculate the number of beats per second.

### Solution

Given λ1 = 5m and λ2 = 6m

Velocity of sound waves in a gas is = 330 ms-1

The relation between wavelength and velocity is v = λf => f = v/λ The number of beats per second is

f1 − f2| = |66 − 55| = 11 beats per sec

### EXAMPLE 11.19

Two vibrating tuning forks produce waves whose equation is given by y1 = 5 sin(240π t) and y2 = 4 sin(244πt). Compute the number of beats per second.

### Solution

Given y1 = 5 sin(240π t) and y2 = 4 sin(244πt)

Comparing with y = A sin(2π f1t), we get

2πf1 = 240π  f1 = 120Hz

2πf2 = 244π  f2 = 122Hz

The number of beats produced is | f1 − f2| = |120 − 122| = |− 2|=2 beats per sec

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