Starting from Laplace's equation in Cartesian coordinates, assume that the boundary and free-surface conditions are all equal to zero and that the solution is separable. Let be the height of the liquid when it is still. The solution at time is:

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where is the frequency and the gravitational acceleration.

References

[1] P. Hagedorn and A. DasGupta, Vibrations and Waves in Continuous Mechanical Systems, Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2007.