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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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? [on hold]

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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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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Particle displacement at a rarefaction or compression

In a longitudinal wave, why is there zero particle displacement at a compression or rarefaction and maximum displacement at a point pi/2 from it? Shouldn't it be the other way round?
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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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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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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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Isn't all light polarised?

I apologize if my question does not make sense.(I'm teaching myself microscopy.) So reading Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and electronic imaging by Douglas&Murphy, at one point the author ...
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Resultant frequency if 3 harmonic notes (a chord) is played

If I know the frequency of individual notes being played (let's assume D, F# and A), how do I determine the final frequency if they are played (nearly) simultaneously as a chord. To put the problem ...
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Could submarine SONAR kill a diver?

Could a diver swimming next to a submarine be killed or seriously injured by its SONAR? What physical aspect of SONAR affects the human body in a potential harmful way?
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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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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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Doppler effect and light

Approaching the speed of sound in an aircraft is relatively difficult, because the closer you get to Mach 1, the denser the pressure is around you (sound accumulates causing vibrations). Is there a ...
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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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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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Questions related to resonance/standing-waves and sound

I understand resonance for a simple harmonic oscillator but not for more complex systems like standing waves. How can I be in resonance with the normal mode in an organ pipe? I understand that the ...
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Choice of sign of exponential argument affecting tractability of wave reflection at a boundary

It is possible to show that functions of the form $f_{1}(kx-\omega t)$, $g_{1}(kx+\omega t)$, $f_{2}(\omega t-kx)$ and $g_{2}(\omega t+kx)$ are all solutions of the wave equation ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Solution of the wave equation [closed]

I am dealing with the solution of the wave equation in two different cases represented in figure by Case A and Case B. The two figures were obtained by shining a slab with an incident wave coming from ...
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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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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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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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What does it mean by coherence between waves?

I know by definition, coherence is pair of waves that have constant phase difference. What does this mean? Does it mean they are always have a 360 degrees, or 0 degrees phase difference? Or could they ...
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How far do air particles move when a sound wave passes through them?

How far do air particles move when a sound wave passes through them? I know that they don't actually travel, the question is how far do they oscillate or what is the physical amplitude of the ...
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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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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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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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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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Period of double slit experiment

What is the period of the pattern from the double slit experiment? It varies along the pattern right? Namely I'm confused because when considering two point sources (See: Period of Interference ...
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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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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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Reflection of transverse and longitudinal waves

Why is it that when a transverse wave is reflected from a 'rigid' surface, it undergoes a phase change of $\pi$ radians, whereas when a longitudinal wave is reflected from a rigid surface, it does not ...
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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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How does Huygens Principle explain interference?

How exactly does Huygens theory about the propagation of wavefronts account for interference?