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posted by Waves  AEC .
I have the following exercise:
Verify that Ex=f(zct)+g(z+ct) is a solution of the one dimensional wave equation.
But I don't get what I should do, I mean, isn't Ex the formula of the one dimensional wave equation itself? U.U
How can I verify it?
Thank you.

Physics 
bobpursley
review section 5.2 of this: https://web.stanford.edu/class/math220a/handouts/waveequation1.pdf

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Waves  AEC
Bobpursley coudl I get an email from you? I need to ask you something.

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bobpursley
No emails. Our web safety issues don't allow that.

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Waves  AEC
:( I could really use some assistance better than the provided from a input field of HTML xD, and my questions usually have symbols that require more precision in order for me to understand them.
Is there nothing we can do? 
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bobpursley
Not now, we are working on a more flexible input field. Or a white board.

Physics 
Damon
The equation is:
d^2y/dx^2 = (1/c^2 )[d^2y/dt^2]
here:
d^2x/dz^2 = (1/c^2 )[d^2x/dt^2] with the strange letters for displacements
I will just do the half that is moving right (z+ct)= constant or f(zct)
write as f(w) where w = zct
df/dz = df/dw * dw/dz = df/dw
d^2f/dz^2 = d^2f/dw^2 dw/dz = d^2f/dw^2
and then
df/dt = df/dw * dw/dt = df/dw (c) ah hah !
d^2f/dt^2 =d^2f/dw^2 (c)(c) = c^2 d^2f/dw^2
so in the end
d^2f/dt^2 /c^2 = d^2f/dw^2 = d^2f/dz^2
which is what we had to show.
note that due to the (c)(c) = c*c
it will come out the same for x+ct as for xct
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