Waves Vibrations and Oscillations

From pendulums, to sound, to Schrödinger's equation, waves and vibrational motion are of fundamental importance to all of the disciplines of physics. Please direct all questions concerning the causes, mechanics, applications, and significance of oscillatory behavior into this category.

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What does the dungeon symbolize in pit and pendulum?

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The story is open to interpretation, but a common view is this. The pit represents hell or death, because it is a frightening, unknown concept to the narrator. The pendulumrepresents time. It swings like a clock pendulum, which shows the seconds until the next minute. Each swing for this bladed pendulum means one step closer to death. The rats (although commonly viewed as vulgar, unwanted creatures, which is what the narrator thinks at first) can prove to be a second chance at life. The rats chew through the bindings on the narrator, freeing him and escaping the pendulum. The narrator is using something viewed as bad to his advantage. Also, the narrator's rescue can also be viewed as a second chance, or "heaven" opposed to the hellish pit.

Basically, Poe's message was a simple one. In life, people can take a bad situation and use it to their advantage.

What are the three main types of waves?

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1.Longitudinal waves

2. Transverse waves

How does increasing the amplitude affect the wavelength of a wave?

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It doesn't.

Amplitude and wavelength are independent variables.