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The Physics of Waves
(Advanced)

 

 

Wave Properties

  • definitions
  • equations
  • superposition
  • phase differenc
  • equation of a wave
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    Huygens' Construction

  • introduction
  • Huygens' postulate
  • refraction
  • interference - Young's Fringes
  • diffraction grating
  • water waves at a gap
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    Interference of Light

  • conditions for interference
  • Young's Double Slit - display
  • Young's Double Slit - theory
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    Diffraction of Light

  • basic concepts
  • single slit diffraction
  • multiple slit diffraction
  • diffraction grating
  • grating and prism compared
  • diffraction grating spectra
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    Polarization of Light

  • explanation
  • polaroid
  • reflection
  • double refraction
  • stress analysis & mineralogy
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    Electromagnetic Waves

  • electromagnetic spectrum
  • absorption & emission spectra
  • line spectra
  • band spectra
  • continuous spectra
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    Stationary Waves

  • introduction
  • formation
  • properties
  • theory
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    Beats

  • description
  • explanation
  • theory
  • measuring frequency
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    Waves in Strings

  • Fundamental Frequency
  • harmonics
  • frequency theory
  • effect of mass/unit length, tension, length
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    Waves in Pipes

  • closed pipes
  • open pipes
  • comparison
  • end correction
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    Resonance

  • damping
  • forced vibrations
  • implications/uses of resonance
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    Doppler Effect

  • description
  • derivation of frequency change
  • applications in astronomy
  • radar speed traps
  • plasma temperature
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