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### Author Topic: Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?  (Read 981 times)

#### Thebox

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##### Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?
« on: 11/11/2015 10:08:27 »
Hello I am looking to do a diagram that shows a linear velocity on a X-axis and a skipping path/wavefunction of the Y-axis for a personal project.

Would this diagram work in describing this?

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#### Thebox

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##### Re: Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?
« Reply #1 on: 11/11/2015 11:25:19 »
What would science call this wave in this diagram?

#### chiralSPO

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##### Re: Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?
« Reply #2 on: 11/11/2015 13:49:35 »
What would science call this wave in this diagram?

It looks to me like a modified cycloid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloid

#### Thebox

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##### Re: Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?
« Reply #3 on: 11/11/2015 17:27:10 »

It looks to me like a modified cycloid. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycloid

Thank you for the reply and Link but no it is not that, although I have just learnt some new things ,there is four individual waves, each individual wave, has a variance of distance of the arcs rather than a set pattern/frequency, the frequencies are not constant.

Random leaps rather than a set wave frequency like the below, that are  merged.

have you no name for this ?

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#### alancalverd

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##### Re: Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?
« Reply #4 on: 11/11/2015 23:56:45 »
As you have drawn four different curves, you can't call it "the wave", but "graphs of four functions". Mechanical engineers would recognise it as "development of four cycloids". The algebraic symbols seem to have no meaning.

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##### Re: Is this diagram understandable? if not how can I improve it?
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