Waves

Learn to understand wave phenomena in nature. 

You have by now been introduced to the behaviour of matter as particles and extended bodies. You have studied electrical and magnetic properties of matter that has introduced you to the description of interaction in matter through the construct of a field. 

In this course, we learn another of the central ideas in the physics of energy flow and interaction in the universe: waves. You will learn to appreciate the many wave phenomena in nature and their similarities. and learn to describe the basic properties of waves mathematically. We will do experiments, and see which natural phenomena are amenable to a wave description. 

We will study simple harmonic motion, superposition of vibrations, forced oscillations, progressive waves, interference and diffraction and the Doppler Effect.