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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Popular depictions of electromagnetic wave: is there an error?

Here are some depictions of electromagnetic wave, similar to the depictions in other places: Isn't there an error? It is logical to presume that the electric field should have maximum when ...
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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 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 [on hold]

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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Path Difference Due to Angled Incident Light

If light incident on a diffraction grating makes an angle $\alpha$ with respect to the normal to the grating, show how $$m \lambda = d\sin\theta$$ becomes $$m\lambda = d[\sin(\theta - \alpha) + ...
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Sinusoidal Wave Problem [on hold]

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 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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Wave Packet in Curved Spacetime

It is known that the classical equation of motion for a scalar field wave packet on a curved spacetime background gives the geodesic trajectory (the e.o.m. is $(\nabla_\mu \nabla^\mu + m^2) \Phi=0$). ...
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What exactly is the “coherence” between waves?

I know, by definition, that coherence means that a pair of waves have constant phase difference. What does this mean? Does it mean they always have a 360 degrees, or 0 degrees phase difference? Or ...
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Wave Equation - Vibrations & Waves [on hold]

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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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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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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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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Uncertainty and wave-trains

My textbook and the following extract from feynman's lectures present the same idea regarding wavetrains and uncertainty in their wavelengths. Why is it that a wavetrain confined to some space has an ...
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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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Will a violin string keep vibrating for a longer time in vacuum than in air?

Hitting a string of a violin or a guitar will cause that string to vibrate, but after short time the amplitude of the vibration will decay, consequently the produced sound will die out. I suppose ...
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Direct interaction theory [closed]

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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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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Deriving the group velocity of a wave produced by some basic cosine waves with unequal amplitudes

Consider some basic cosine waves of the form ${E_i} = {E_0}\cos ({\omega _i}t - {k_i}z)$ with different amplitudes, frequencies and phases. We know a combination of such waves could result in a wave ...
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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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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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Producing photons with same frequency, different amplitude wave [duplicate]

I don't understand how two photons of the same frequency can have different amplitudes, neither how to produce them. I know that classically the square of the amplitude is proportional to the energy, ...
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Combining waves? [closed]

Are these following comments on waves correct and if not please can you explain why they are not correct. (these comments refer to the standard wave equation: $$c^2 \frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial ...
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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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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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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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Surface waves on Dr. Miller's planet

In the movie 'Interstellar', the crew land on a water world orbiting a black hole. The gravity is greater than that of Earth and there are huge surface waves present in the ocean that they land in. ...
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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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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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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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What is a full cycle in damped oscillation?

Maybe it seems a dumb question, but I can't understand what the cycle in a damped oscillation is? Let's take an example: In harmonic motion, one cycle is the smallest distinguishable part of wave ...
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Trouble understanding phase matching equation

consider a 2nd order non linear optical material, i.e. a material in which it holds that $ P = \epsilon_0 E + 2dE^2$. In the Born approximation, the non linear contribution to the polarization density ...
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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 shift of 180 degrees on reflection from optically denser medium

Can anyone please provide an intuitive explanation of why phase shift of 180 degrees occurs in the Electric Field of a EM wave,when reflected from an optically denser medium? I tried searching for it ...
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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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Phase change on reflection only 0 and $\pi$ allowed

We know that when a wave on a string is reflected from a hard boundary, the phase change is $\pi$, and from a soft boundary, the change is 0. My question is: this two conditions (hard and soft ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the fringe separation in Young's double slit experiment?

In the double slit experiment, a pattern of dark and bright bands appears on the screen. Is the fringe separation the distance between two bright bands? Question: In a double slit experiment ...
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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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How does a non-diffracting beam form from a converging ring of illumination?

I am trying to intuitively understand the basics of the supplementary text of a recent publication from Eric Betzig's group on lattice light sheet microscopy (1). I am confused by the explanation of ...
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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