Why Do Boats Make This Shape?

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This video is about the “Kelvin wake” shape of water wakes behind boats – we talk about mach angle, dispersion, superposition of many waves, and how these all lead to the pattern of a wake. We don’t get into Froude number though…

Boat Wake Wikipedia Page:

Interactive Boat Wake Simulation:

Feynman Lectures on Water Waves:

Building up a Boat Wake from V-Shaped Wakes:

Wave Dispersion:

Mach angle shock waves:

Ship Wakes – Kelvin or Mach Angle? Rabaud and Moisy Paper:

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