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Velocity Waves at a Rigid Termination

Since the displacement is always zero at a rigid termination, the velocity is also zero there:

$\displaystyle v(t,0) \equiv 0 \qquad v(t,L) \equiv 0
$

Therefore, velocity waves reflect from a rigid termination with a sign flip, just like displacement waves:
$\displaystyle v^{+}(n)$ $\displaystyle =$ $\displaystyle -v^{-}(n)$  
$\displaystyle v^{-}(n+N/2)$ $\displaystyle =$ $\displaystyle -v^{+}(n-N/2)
\protect$ (7.12)

Such inverting reflections for velocity waves at a rigid termination are identical for models of vibrating strings and acoustic tubes.


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