An elementary derivation is given for the shape of the wake pattern of a boat traveling at constant velocity in deep water. We find essentially the same results as those found in standard treatments, but our mathematics is easier. All results follow from the fact that the group velocity is half the phase velocity.
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Papers| September 01 1984
Elementary derivation of the wake pattern of a boat
Frank S. Crawford; Elementary derivation of the wake pattern of a boat. Am. J. Phys. 1 September 1984; 52 (9): 782–785. https://doi.org/10.1119/1.13550
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