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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Waves and (Another) Question about the Double Slit Experiment [on hold]

Apologies for posting yet another question about the Double Slit Experiment, however, there are a couple of things I wouldn't mind clearing up (if possible!). I don't really have much of a background ...
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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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Horrible crossword [on hold]

There's this physics crossword that is giving me a lot of trouble Water waves do this when they pass from deep to shallow water (7) _ e _ r _ _ _ Carries information by total internal reflection of ...
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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 ...
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Do Sidebands mean the frequency of an AM radio wave is not constant?

I'm studying for A-level now..... I have read some other posts explaining how the sidebands generated after the carrier wave is modulated. So, if there is sideband frequency, the frequency isn't ...
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A level 9702/11/o/n/14 question 26 (about interference of sound wave) [on hold]

The speakers are identical and they are connected it's series with power, so I thought there would be complete destructive interference. Therefore, at some point the amplitude would be zero and also ...
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Wave equations for reflected waves in standing wave calculations, when the end is fixed and when it is free?

Consider a sinusoidal wave moving in the +x direction $$y_{1}(x,t)=A\sin\left [ \frac{2\pi }{T} \left ( t-\frac{x}{v} \right )\right ]$$ (A) At a fixed end, the amplitude of the resultant wave ...
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How can I decrease the volume of a sound wave?

I have a sound wave in a computer, represented as a series of values (samples). Each sample is in the range roughly between -30000 and 30000. Say I want to decrease the loudness of the entire wave by ...
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How can I add two sound waves without reaching distortion - always keep them under a certain value?

I'm working on a program that adds sound waves on top of each other. I read that the best way to do that (correct me if I'm wrong) is to simply add them together. However, this way I easily reach ...
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How can I add a sound wave on top of an existing one, without harming the original's loudness?

I'm working on a program that has to do with adding sound waves on top of sound waves. Currently what I'm doing is simply an average of the two waves. So if I have wave ...
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How do particles in a wave make the next particles move?

i only know few things about waves,but this question just popped up in my mind. I already know that the particles transfer energy to each other,but i do not know HOW they do it! The truth is that i ...
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Solitons and its infinite extension

A soliton, for example the KdV equation solution, has the profile proportional to a hyperbolic secant squared ${\text{sech}}^{2}(x-ct)$. And since it is hyperbolic it has an exponential dependence, so ...
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Time for water wave to reflect

In class we discussed an experiment for measuring the speed of waves in water. The basic procedure went something like this: Make a wave at the near end of the tank and wait for it to travel to the ...
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How can i convert an audio into a waveframe? [closed]

I'm interested in finding out how to convert a conversation, from it's audio form in a graphic script, audiowaves Thank you and have a blossom day!
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relationship of number of standing waves with Temperature?

If we have let us say fixed air column of length 'L', in a open-closed column problem, lamba is equal to 4*L/(2n-1). n = number of nodes / anti nodes in air column How does 'n' changes with ...
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The wave equation, methods of solving and superposition of waves?

I have some questions concerning the wave equation: $${\partial^2 y \over \partial x^2} = {1\over c^2}{\partial^2 y \over \partial t^2}$$ Firstly, does the method of separation of variables give ...
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Solution for elastic wave on plane of ideal contact between two half spaces of elastic, homogeneous, isotropic, linear solids

Please give the solution for elastic wave of arbitrary polarization incident at arbitrary angle on plane of ideal contact (meaning no slip, homothermal, nondissipative, and no transfer of material ...
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Non resonant modes in cavity

I have a simple question. Suppose we have a laser with a cavity such that the frequency of the light that the laser emits does not match with any longitudinal modes allowed by the cavity. In ...
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Are standing waves in water exact sine waves?

In many physics demonstrations waves in water are used to illustrate principles of standing waves and wave propagation. After such demonstrations, classes tend to move on to basic problems ...
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Zero stress boundary conditions for the acoustic wave function

When is it appropriate to use zero normal stress boundary conditions when solving the acoustic wave equation. That is when the pressure is equal to zero.
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Can surface waves exist near a fixed surface

(I'll phrase this question in terms of waves in an elastic medium, but this is a more general question.) Surface waves are waves near the surface of a medium whose amplitude decreases as you go away ...
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Is this a frequency domain plot for audio? [closed]

I have a program "spectrum" that draws an chart for an audio file (a short .wav with an human voice recorded on it). I believe it is a frequency domain chart. The ...
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Water Waves in the Wake of a Boat

As a boy I noticed that the waves from the wake of my model boat would fan out. If I looked at the end furthest from the boat the front had turned so that it was almost running in the same direction ...
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Double-slit experiment [closed]

Given the following wavelength: $\lambda = 1.75 \cdot 10^{-12}\ m$ This leads to the velocity of the electron (matter wave). First approach: $p = \dfrac{h}{\lambda}=m(v)v=m_e\gamma v$ [...] $v ...
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Group velocity and calculating wavelength [closed]

A stone tossed into a body of water creates a disturbance at the point of impact that lasts for Dt = 4.0s. Measurements indicates that the wave speed is v = 25 cm/s. (a) Over what distance on ...
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Why use different arguments to plot a sine wave?

In my Electronics class was given some examples of sine wave graphs that represent voltage in respect to time, $v(t) = Asin(wt)$ and other graphs whose $x$ axis is $wt$ instead of $t$, like in the ...
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wavelike properties of massive objects [duplicate]

I have learned in my HS physics 2 class that everything with mass has a wavelength given by the deBroglie wavelength. My question is : Does this mean that any object can show diffraction, such as in ...
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Wave equation - dissipation

The book states that the wave equation assumes no dispersion and no dissipation, with dissipation defined as a loss of energy and thus a diminution of amplitude. How can a spherical wave be described ...
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Does the information transfer in the internet also work with waves like radio and TV do?

I am accessing the Internet, downloading PDFs, and much more, but how? The servers are far away, but how do I download data if it is far from my computer? I can watch football matches live on ...
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Young's double slit experiment and intensity

I want to ask a question about double slit interference and the pattern that it produces on a screen (for example in Young's Experiment with a laser beam). I understand the reason that you see a ...
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Spherical waves superposition [closed]

If two spherical waves are produced by two sources $S_1$ and $S_2$ as described in the picture From the superposition principle, we know that : $$\Psi(M,t) = \Psi_1(M,t) + \Psi_2(M,t) = ...
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In what ways does matter behave like a wave? [duplicate]

thanks in advance for the help. Mainly, what characteristic of matter is wavelike? Does is physically move up and down like a wave, does it phase in and out of existence with a wavelike gradient, or ...
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Energy of a standing wave

I've been taught that energy of a standing waves remains between the nodes of the wave or in other words energy remains within the wave. I wanted to know how that's possible. Also if energy of a ...
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Wave hitting a boundary with a mass on it?

If we have a transverse wave that is infinite in the $-x$ direction and terminate by a mass $m$, that is allowed to move in the $y$ direction at $x=0$ as shown in the diagram below: I think we can ...
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Refractive index and electric susceptibility

Suppose we have a complex refractive index $n_{ref}=n+ik$ whose value is given at a precise frequency $\omega_l$ from experimental data. We know that the imaginary part is responsible for the ...
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Confusion in understanding wave number

The wave number is the number of complete wave cycles in a meter. So, $$K = \frac{1m}{\lambda}$$ and also, $$K = \frac{2\pi}{\lambda}$$ so according to both of the above equation how is $$2\pi ...
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Does increasing the tension on a string also increase the density?

Consider a string under tension, for example, a string on a guitar. When a guitar string is plucked, it vibrates at a certain frequency. When the tension on the string is increased by twisting the ...
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Does “apparent frequency” mean the Doppler effect is not an actual physical effect?

When discussing the Doppler effect, we use the word "apparent frequency". Does that mean that the frequency of sound is still that of the source and that it is some physiological phenomenon in the ...
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Formation of standing waves in a flume

Having observed standing waves in a flume when the Froude number > 1, I'm unsure how they form at this flow speed. My understanding of standing waves is that it requires equal waves traveling in ...
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Wave equation given a metric [closed]

Can you explain me how I can obtain a wave equation given a metric? For example, if I have this metric $$g_{\mu\nu}=diag(-e^{2a},e^{2b},e^{2b},e^{2b})$$ where $a=a(t)$ and $b=b(t)$, how can I ...
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Derive Equation for Position of Antinode

I'm not sure what to do for this. The equation for standing waves on a string is given by: $$ y=2A\sin{(kx)}\cos{(\omega t)} $$ Use this equation to derive an equation for the position of the ...
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Can gravitational waves resonate?

Can gravitational waves resonate? - Perhaps by creating standing wave interference in a cavity? Could that feasibly happen either in nature or by engineering?
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non diffracting waves

I came upon a proposed solution for a surface wave which was claimed to be a non diffracting wave. The wave at $z=0$ and $x=0$ (which is the propagating direction) is $E_z(0,y) = ...
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Why is the number of phonon modes in a solid restricted to a finite value?

Kittel's Thermal Physics (Amazon link) makes the statement: There is no limit to the number of possible electromagnetic modes in a cavity, but the number of elastic modes in a finite solid is ...
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Paradox of wave energy

Imagine that a wave with energy $E$ is given. as we know $E$ is relevant to the $A^2$($A$ is amplitude) now consider another wave (as same as the first one) and these two wave having a constructive ...
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Phase velocity greater then the speed of light?

It is my understanding the the phase velocity of a wave can be greater then the speed of light. So imagine we had a wave packet consisting of a single sinusoidal wave; $$y=sin(\omega t-kx)$$ Then ...