Waves are disturbances that propagate through space and time. Classically, they travelled through a medium, disturbing the particles but not changing their mean position. Electromagnetic waves/particle-waves need no medium; they are disturbances in their respective fields.

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Does Fermat's principle of least time apply to sound waves?

I am reading Feynman's presentation of Fermat's Principle of Least Time, which explains the behavior of light; does it apply to waves in general? for example sound waves or waves on the surface of ...
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Generalized long wave and KdV equation

I have read many papers about benjamin-bona-mahony (BBM) equation or Regularized Long Wave (RLW) equation and found that BBM equation can be derived from KdV equation. from other papers i got others ...
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How do I convert a specific absorption rate from W/kg to eV/kg/ps [on hold]

Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is the rate at which electromagnetic energy is absorbed by water, human tissue or any other material. After performing an electromagnetic simulation i got the below ...
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Have we really measured the wavelength of light? [duplicate]

Have we practically measured the distances between the variations of electromagnetic radiations in space in nanometers or is it just theoritical because of calculations? Also the one who have marked ...
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Does the velocity of a wave change after being reflected against a moving object? [on hold]

This problem is from my friend ; A man is waiting for a bus. The bus is heading toward him with $v=20\dfrac{km}{h}$ To evaluate the duration, the man sent a wave with $f=880Hz$ toward the bus. ...
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General solution to the wave equation proving dependence on $x \pm vt$

I am trying to solve for a general solution to the wave function and demonstrate any solution has the form $f(x,t) = f_L (x+vt) + f_R (x-vt)$ I have used separation of variables f(x,t)=X(x)T(t) to ...
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How do I maniptulate the Fourier transform of a field using the delta function? [on hold]

In "Classical covariant fields" by Burgess, kindly tell me how he reached equation 2.54 from equation 2.52. I tried to solve the delta function according to the given instructions but I am making some ...
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How does light manage to change its course at the boundary of two media of different optical densities?

This is a conceptual question. I already know the law of refraction but I need something like an idea of the Physical process from both particle and wave theory standpoints. Why does a ray of light ...
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Functions of the form $F(x-ct)$ written as superposition?

In this section of the Wikipedia article on the wave equation they do the following: $$\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}s_+(\omega)e^{-i(kx+\omega t)}d\omega +\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}s_-(\omega)e^{i(kx-\omega ...
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The general equation for a wave packet derivation? [on hold]

On Wikipedia it gives the general equation for a wave packet (and therefore for a wave?) to be: $$u(x,t)=\frac{1}{\sqrt{2\pi}}\int^{\infty}_{-\infty}A(k)e^{i(kx-\omega t)} dk$$ I have been trying to ...
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The location of a point of destructive interference [closed]

Two speakers, one at the origin and the other facing it at x = 1.04 m, are driven by the same oscillator at a frequency of 642 Hz. If the speed of sound is 343 m/s, find the following. I know the ...
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Wave velocity (R)LC circuits.

I'm attempting to simulate some fluid like mechanics using circuits. Specifically wave propagation. I am attempting to measure the wave propagation velocity using an oscilloscope on the circuit below, ...
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Sinusoidal Wave Problem [closed]

A sinusoidal wave of frequency $650 \mathrm{Hz}$ has a velocity of $450 \frac{\mathrm{m}}{\mathrm{s}}$. Determine the distance between two points on the wave that differ in phase by 1.5 ...
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Wave Equation - Vibrations & Waves [closed]

My question is basically how to do part ii) of this question even with the hint I am confused; the first part was simple; There's no dispersion & vp = vg = sqrt(hg) as required. But how would I ...
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Is a rope wave a perfectly transverse wave?

When i create a disturbance in a rope.What is happening at the particle level.I imagine the particles and the forces on the particles like this: According to my model there should be some ...
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Why is wave a function of volts?

I'm looking at a beginner's book on Fourier and waves, and the very first graph shows a periodic wave where the horizontal axis is time (msec) and the vertical axis is something noted as "MAG(V)" ...
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Wave interference on window film coating

"The windows in an office tower are coated with a film to minimize reflected light of wavelength 550 nm. If the glass has an index of refraction of 1.52 and the film coating has an index of refraction ...
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Patterns in laminar flow of tap water

This is a simple experiment that anyone can do at home. Open your tap so that the water maintains a laminar flow, and the cross section of flow is considerably thin. Place your finger 3-4 cm below the ...
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What is the significance of angular frequency $\omega$ with regards to wave functions?

What is the physical significance of $\omega$ in a function like $$ f(x) = Asin(kx + \omega t) $$ The only place that I am familiar with angular frequency is when dealing with circular motion, but ...
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Fourier series for a wave on an infinite string?

From "Vibrations and Waves" by A.P. French I know that any wave on a string length $L$ can be represented by: $$y(x,t)=\Sigma^\infty_0 A_n \sin(\frac{n\pi x}{L})\cos(\omega_nt-\delta_n)$$ But can we ...
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Are matter waves (de Broglie) classified as transverse or longitudinal? [duplicate]

We know that waves are of two types: transverse and longitudinal, and we have studied about de Broglie waves as well, so which one of them is it? Or we have other means to classify them?
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What is slinky-approximation?

I was reading the derivation of wave-equation from Berkeley Physics - Waves by Frank S. Crawford Jr. Let $\Delta z$ be a small segment of a continuous string . At equilibrium, tension is $T_0$ at ...
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What makes waves propagate?

Why do electromagnetic waves propagate? I have searched a lot about EM waves, but I am still unable to understand what is driving them. Could you explain?
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Singing for physicists: How to resonate by body cavities with my voice?

My body has various cavities, such as my throat, mouth, chest, and nose. This cavities have resonant frequencies. I also have a voice box, which creates sound. How do I create sounds at the resonant ...
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Explain how waves have momentum?

A question on a practice test I'm taking is as follows: By shaking one end of a stretched string, a single pulse is generated. The traveling pulse carries: A. mass B. energy C. momentum D. ...
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Question regarding charge and acceleration

From a stationary charge electrostatic fields arise. From a moving charge, magnetostatic fields arise. From an accelerating charge, EM waves arise. So i wonder -- what about a non-constantly ...
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Direct interaction theory

I got to know about a kind of theory or formulation of EM which doesn't have the idea of fields in it. In that theory I guess field isn't that which mediates the force between two charged particles. ...
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Sound waves and chromism?

I am definitely not a physicist, but I have a question related to Physics so I thought I'd give it a try. Please excuse my ignorance. :) I am somewhat familiar with the changes in color caused by ...
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Phase change by reflection [duplicate]

Let's consider a light ray falling on a cuboid made of glass at the angle $\alpha$. Then there will be a reflected ray $A$. The ray will also refract. Let the refracted ray be $B$. Ray $B$ will be ...
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In a noiseless environment, how accurate do today's transmitters send EM waves?

Suppose that there is no external noise in the environment. How accurate are today's TEM wave transmitters in such a case? So if we want to send $200\cos(1000\pi t)$, can transmitters send exactly ...
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The interaction between waves and particles according to their wavelength [duplicate]

Why do EM waves with a large wavelength like those in the red range (and radio waves) interact with particles less than those in the blue range? That is the reason why the sky is blue, is that right? ...
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Is it possible to “pull” sound waves using only an object?

Say, for instance, I am outside standing 20 feet away from a speaker. Is there an object I can put on my body that would allow me to feel the bass of the music more, without picking up the vibrations ...
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Reflection of Sound wave (Pressure Wave)

I want to study about the phenomenon of reflection of pressure waves as in an open ended organ pipe. Please suggest a suitable resource? I know about the harmonics in a stretched string and I can use ...
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How can we detect the property of matter by using mechanical waves or IR or any other way

First of all, I am in high school[to tell that I don't know much physics]. And the second thing is that, I am not sure whether this question is specifically related to physics. What I want to ...
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What should be the intuitive explanation of wave equation?

$$\dfrac {\partial^2 y}{{\partial x}^2} = \dfrac{1}{v^2} \dfrac{\partial^2 y}{{\partial t}^2}$$ is the wave equation in one dimension. But what should be the intuition behind it? That is, what meaning ...
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How fast does the force of pulling a straight rope propagate along the rope? [duplicate]

Is it instantaneous or does it somehow propagate like a wave along the particles of the rope ?
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How does energy get transfered from destructive interference point to constructive one?

If there are two pressure waves (like sound waves) that travel in opposite directions and have the same amplitude then destructive interference occurs: one wave will compress the air particle (here ...
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Why is there a negative sign in front of the optical wave?

In undergrad I lost (a lot) of marks in my optics class for writing: $$A(t) = \exp(i(\omega t + \phi))$$ Instead of: $$A(t) = \exp(i(-\omega t + \phi))$$ In a derivation where I must have needed ...
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Interference and windows

The other day i was learning about interference patterns with the effect of a bubble making a rainbow on the surface. I learned that the reflections from both sides of the soap can interfere ...
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What have we built? A resonant loop antenna? Rhombic?

Some background, my partner and I have built an antenna we are supposed to characterize for an assignment, and compare it to physical predictions. However, we don't know what type of antenna we have ...
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Intrinsic Impedance Clarification

Can somebody explain to me what it means to have a complex intrinsic impedance? I realize that it happens in lossy media and know the formula but am looking for comprehensive insight
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Physics of how the cochlea isolates frequencies along its length?

Can anyone explain the separation of frequencies along the basilar membrane of the cochlea please? (equations would be nice) I understand it being related to the resistance caused by fluid in the ...
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Can TEM waves have constant offsets - that is, mean of non-zero in context of Poynting's theorem?

Suppose the electromagnetic wave and the corresponding magnetic field wave are TEM waves. Can such waves have overall mean of non-zero? (so DC offset) If they do, what do they mean in context of ...
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Maximum Penetration Depth for Ultrasound

How do you define the maximum penetration depth of an ultrasound? I'm assuming it means the depth at which the wave has attenuated to a certain small percentage of the original intensity of the ...
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Relationship between temperature and wavelength?

I am investigating the relationship between wavelength and temperature. As seen the figure below of Planks law What is the relationship between the lambda(max) and Temperature? or in simpler ...
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Beat frequency for 3 waves

Consider 3 waves of frequency 101, 103, 106 hz, and of same intensity. What should be the beat frequency. Now I can calc it for 2 waves, and i know how to write the combined equation of the two. But ...
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How does light oscillate?

Why do we say that electromagnetic wave is oscillating? Or does light propagate really in a wavy form like this image? What is making the photons oscillate and how is it oscillating is it ...
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Difference between a light wave in space and a wave in a pond

Apart from their nature and the medium utilized, what are the differences between an EM wave and a wave we see in a pond? When we throw a stone into a pond, can we imagine we are observing light ...
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Understanding wave packets, in particular matter waves, dispersion and point particles

Here is what I have gathered so far: Particles like an electron (i.e. with rest mass) can be represented as matter waves (deBroglie). The matter wave of a particle can be modelled a wave packet. A ...
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Wave on a guitar string, differential equation

The mechanical energy of an element of the string is : $$dE(x,t) = \frac{1}{2}\left[T_0\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial x}\right)^2 + \mu\left(\frac{\partial y}{\partial t}\right)^2\right]dx$$ Where ...