# What is the resultant of two rectangular simple harmonic motions of the same frequency and...

## Question:

What is the resultant of two rectangular simple harmonic motions of the same frequency and unequal amplitude, but differing in phase by {eq}\frac{\pi}{2} {/eq}?

## Superposition:

Superposition is a means to combine two events into one resulting event. The most common use for this is with waves or waveforms. Any time you have superposition, you will have either constructive interference, where it grows larger, or you have destructive interference, where the wave shrinks in amplitude.

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View this answerSo what happens completely depends on the waves that you are given, however, the simple answer is that the waves undergo destructive interference....

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Chapter 16 / Lesson 10When two energy waves superpose (i.e. run into each other), the amplitudes change as a result. Learn more about energy waves in everyday life, how they interact, and the meaning of constructive vs. destructive interference.

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