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(Solution) - An earthquake can produce a seiche

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An earthquake can produce a seiche in a lake, in which the water sloshes back and forth from end to end with remarkably large amplitude and long period. Consider a seiche produced in a rectangular farm pond, as in the cross-sectional view of Figure P18.33. (The figure is not drawn to scale.) Suppose that the pond is 9.15 m long and of uniform width and depth. You measure that a pulse produced at one end reaches the other end in 2.50 s.


(a) What is the wave speed?


(b) To produce the seiche, several people stand on the bank at one end and paddle together with snow shovels, moving them in simple harmonic motion. What should be the frequency of this motion?



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