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Revista Brasileira de Ensino de Física
Print version ISSN 1806-1117
DALL'AGNOL, Fernando Fuzinatto. Wave propagation in a non-uniform string. Rev. Bras. Ensino Fís. [online]. 2011, vol.33, n.4, pp.4306-4306. ISSN 1806-1117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-11172011000400006.
In this article I present the behavior of the reflection and transmission coefficients of a pulse at a joint between two strings with mass densities μ1and μ2. The joint is made of a string segment with mass density varying linearly from μ1 to μ2. It will be shown that the reflection of the pulse at the joint depends largely on the ratio between the pulse width and the length of the joint. Analogies with other physical systems such as antireflection coatings and tsunamis will be considered briefly.
Keywords : wave; pulse; string; non-uniform; inhomogeneous; discontinuous; anti-reflection; anti-reflective; tsunamis; pulse energy.