wave equation

noun

Definition of wave equation

: a partial differential equation of the second order whose solutions describe wave phenomena

Examples of wave equation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There's the Momentum Principle, the wave equation, Schrödinger's equation, and a whole bunch of other stuff. Rhett Allain, Wired, "Hey Students! Here's How to Deal With School in a Pandemic," 17 Sep. 2020 The solutions to the wave equation describing a particle in this system can be labeled ψA when slit A is open and ψB when slit B is open. Urbasi Sinha, Scientific American, "Quantum Slits Open New Doors," 7 Jan. 2020 According to his wave equation, macroscopic objects are composed of microscopic atoms and molecules. Peter Byrne, Quanta Magazine, "In Pursuit of Quantum Biology With Birgitta Whaley," 30 July 2013 Bohr interpreted this probability-wave equation as a complete definition of the particle. Quanta Magazine, "Fluid Tests Hint at Concrete Quantum Reality," 24 June 2014 The wave equation presented by Schrödinger the previous year, Born said, was basically a piece of mathematical machinery for calculating the chances of observing a particular outcome in an experiment. Quanta Magazine, "Mysterious Quantum Rule Reconstructed From Scratch," 13 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of wave equation

1926, in the meaning defined above

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“Wave equation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wave%20equation. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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