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It is known that the differential equations for the oscillations of an elastic medium are:
where ω is the propagation velocity of the oscillations - or more precisely the propagation velocity of plane waves with constant amplitude. It is presupposed that u, v, w fulfill the relation:
Now let u = U, v = V, w = W be solutions of these equations, which on a given surface adopt given values , , which depend on time, then we can say that these functions U, V, W represent the law by which the surface f = 0 is illuminating.