Wave peak differences

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Nimrat Brar 1E
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Wave peak differences

Postby Nimrat Brar 1E » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:50 am

What happens when a peak of a wave is slightly off from another peak of a different wave. This would mean that the two peaks are somewhere right in between what could be referred to as a constructive interference and a destructive interference. Is there a distinct term for this?

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Re: Wave peak differences

Postby annie_finneran_1K » Fri Apr 27, 2018 7:34 am

if the peaks are not in sync and thus the waves not in sync then it will always be destructive interference.

Gianna Graziano 1A
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Re: Wave peak differences

Postby Gianna Graziano 1A » Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:50 am

Hi Nimrat,
Annie is right, it would always be destructive interference in this case. To elaborate, the only way to get constructive interference would be to have two peaks overlapping, creating a larger peak. I like to think of destructive interference as destroying, or making smaller.

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