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# The float on a fisherman's line bobs up and down in the waves made by a passing boat. The float bobs up 5 times every 10 seconds. What is the frequency of the waves made by the boat?

Question #63023. Asked by chickenpoo2. (Mar 01 06 11:37 AM)

satguru

The old term would be half a cycle per second, which is half a Hertz.

 Mar 01 06, 12:57 PM
satcom_tech

The following formula can be used where f=frequency and t=time.

f=1/t

the float bobs 5 times evey 10 seconds giving the wave a period of 2 seconds (10/2). Apllying the formula yields the following result.

f = 1/2 = 0.5Hz

 Mar 01 06, 1:00 PM
xfacilitatorx

.5 CPS / Hz / Cycles

 Mar 01 06, 4:27 PM

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