By Fleisch, Daniel A.; Kinnaman, Laura

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The slope of the function y at each value of x becomes the value plotted on the ∂y/∂x graph for that value of x. And to see how the negative-sine shape of the second partial derivatives of y(x, t) relates to the change of the slope of the wavefunction, take a look at Fig. 7. When you estimate the change in the slope of y, remember that the change in slope is negative whenever the slope becomes less positive or when the slope becomes more negative. Likewise, the change in slope is positive whenever the slope becomes more positive or when the slope becomes less negative.

4 Depending on the application, other positions may be chosen as the original or “reference” position. 15 Real and imaginary parts of a rotating phasor. Thus a rotating phasor can provide a useful representation of the advancing phase of a wave, and Euler’s relation provides a means of performing mathematical operations using phasors. That’s the subject of the next section. 5 Euler relations While the notation used for z in the previous section is useful when you need separate real and imaginary components, it gets cumbersome very quickly when you start doing algebra or calculus involving z.

5. If vector D = −5ˆı − 2jˆ and vector E = 4jˆ, find the magnitude and direction of the vector F = D + E both graphically and algebraically. 6. Verify that each of the complex numbers in Fig. 10 has the polar form shown in Fig. 12. 7. Solve the differential equation dz/dθ = iz for z. 8. Use the power-series representation of sin θ , cos θ , and eiθ to prove the Euler relation eiθ = cos θ + i sin θ . 9. Show that the wavefunction f (−x − 1) is shifted in the negative xdirection relative to the wavefunction f (−x).