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A string is fixed on both sides. It is snapped from both ends at the same time by applying an equal force. What happens to the shape of the waves generated in the string? Also, will you observe an overlap of waves?
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Please see the solution video, which shows that the wave pulses interfere when they are in the same position, but then continue afterwards, looking and moving the same as they would have without the previous interference.

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OpenStax College Physics for AP® Courses Solution, Chapter 16, Problem 27 (Test Prep for AP® Courses) (1:18)

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This is College Physics Answers with Shaun Dychko. The period of oscillation of these swinging parakeets will be two pi times the square root of the distance from the pivot to their center of mass, divided by acceleration due to gravity. Now, frequency is the reciprocal of period so if we take the reciprocal of this which is the same as raising to the exponent negative one, or flipping each factor. We get one over two pi times square root <i>g</i> over <i>L</i>. So it's one over two pi times square root 9.81 meters per second squared, divided by ten centimeters written as ten times ten to the minus two meters. This gives 1.58 Hertz.