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 large of a solar sail would be needed to travel to mars in under a year?

I'm attempting to approach this using the identity $$F/A = I/c$$ I can solve for Area easily enough $$A = F(c/I)$$ and I know the distance $d$ is $$d=1/2(at^2)$$ But I'm having difficulty trying to ...
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Why frequency and tension doesn't change in the two medium?

I am reading a book about wave mechanics. There are two different cord (one light and one heavy) connected together, one person waving the lighter one, the wave transverse to the right from the ...
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Power radiated by the sun at different locations

I am wondering can someone help to solve second part which extends first part; The power radiated by the sun is ${3.9*10^{26}}_{watt}$. The earth orbits the sun in a nearly circular orbit of radius ...
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Acoustic wave equation for a closed sphere

I am looking to model the nodal surfaces in a resonating closed sphere. The sound source is external. What sort of wave equation will reveal the spherical harmonics depending on the frequency, speed ...
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De broglie equation

What is the de Broglie wavelength? Also, does the $\lambda$ sign in the de Broglie equation stand for the normal wavelength or the de Broglie wavelength? If $\lambda$ is the normal wavelength of a ...
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Deriving group velocity

At the introduction to quantum mechanic phase $v_p$ and group $v_g$ velocities are often presented. I know how to derive $v_p$ and get equation: $$ \scriptsize v_p=\frac{\omega}{k} $$ What i dont ...
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Is infrared light diffused on walls?

Lamps that produce visible light can light up a whole room because the ceiling and the walls diffuse light. This way, when there is a single lamp in a room, something that is in the shadows is not ...
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equivalence of wave equations

I wonder if the following 2 PDEs are equivalent: $$\frac{\partial^2}{\partial t^2}\psi(\vec{r},t)-c(\vec{r})^2\nabla^2\psi(\vec{r},t)=s(\vec{r})\delta'(t)$$ subjects to zero initial conditions ...
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Are the sound waves from fundamental strings impossible to interact with?

Edited the question thanks to some helpful commenters. Are the sound waves emitted by fundamental strings so small as to be impossible to interact with the world? In other words, do they disappear, ...
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How to compare differences in waves?

I have a series of waves that I would like to compare to one another. The measurements are two-dimensional with time on the x-axis and an intensity measurement on the y-axis. I'd like some way of ...
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Waves travelling with water flow

Suppose I use a tool to create a circular wave in the river. If there are two fish swimming 1m from the source (2m from one another), they will both feel the wave at the same time. What will happen ...
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Open Ended/ Close Ended instruments?

Close ended instruments have twice the wavelength, because the wave must travel twice the distance to repeat itself. Why must a wave reach a lower density medium (air in this case) to repeat? When ...
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How Light or Water Intensity is equal to square modulus of wave function of Light or Water Waves $I=|\psi|^2 \,$?

I've seen the Wave Function as a psi $\Psi$ $\psi$. And always heard that the wave function is the Complex Number as Imaginary and real number. But I've never seen it I've never seen components of ...
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Relationship between gauss and decibels

In my ongoing effort to understand the world around me, I want to wrap my head around the relationships between two units of measure. Specifically gauss and decibels. The quandary comes from my ...
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Is there orbital angular momentum for all particles?

Light as an electromagnetic wave can be polarized in different ways, e.g. linear or circular. As far as I understand it currently this can be compared to the spin direction of a propagation electron ...
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Wave equation from hooke law - simple question

In the paragraph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_equation#From_Hooke.27s_law it is said, regarding the u(x) function, that Here u(x) measures the distance from the equilibrium of the mass ...
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Relation between wavenumber and propagation constant

What is the exact difference between wavenumber and propagation constant in an electromagnetic wave propagating in a medium such as a transmission line, cause i am a bit confused. Does it have to do ...
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Testing my understanding of QM - The Double Slit Experiment without the slit

First off, sorry to throw in another question from someone who hasn't studied the maths. I'd like to see if I have a correct (if very basic and non-mathematical) understanding of the wave and ...
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Radar Frequency Bandwidth

I've come across an interesting question in the course of doing some exam review in a quantum mechanics book and thought I'd share it here. "What must be the frequency bandwidth of the detecting and ...
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What does transport equation represent in terms of physical quantities?

In my math course we're taught to solve PDE (partial derivative equations) like transport equation: $$ c\frac{\partial u}{\partial x} +\frac{\partial u}{\partial t}~=~0. $$ If $u(x,t)$ is the ...
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How colored light can be explained if light is considered as emission of photon?

If light is considered as wave, then different colored light can be explained as waves of different wavelength/frequency. How colored light can be explained if light is considered as emission of ...
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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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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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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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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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Resolving multipath interference when modelling radio wave propagation

I am creating a raytracer to model the propagation of radio waves from a simple router. I am assuming that the rays have a frequency of 2.4GHz and a velocity of the speed of light. The router has an ...
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Fresnel equations of S and T waves and Isofrequecy Curves: Feeling confused

First of all sorry for my (probably) bad english. I've been studying propagation of light in anisotropic media from the Born and Wolf and from Landau "electrodynamics in continuous media" and I'm ...
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Will a longitudinal wave propagate “forever” in a tube?

I understand that the wave will lose energy due to "friction" between the, lets say, water molecules, but in my mind at least the biggest loss of energy in a wave is normally the dispersion of it. ...
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Equivalency of Q Factor Definitions

The Q factor is defined (seemingly) as $$Q=2\pi\frac{\mathrm{energy \, \, stored}}{\mathrm{energy \, \,dissipated \, \, per \, \, cycle}}$$ however on Wikipedia is says that the Q factor can be ...
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Non-linearity of a guitar pickup

I basically understand induction and why a pickup generates a signal. (From: http://www.brighthubengineering.com/consumer-appliances-electronics/64277-the-physics-behind-the-electric-guitar/) What ...
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Why do circular “snowrafts” form on a lake during a blizzard?

I was just out walking along Lake Michigan during a snowstorm and I noticed that the snow was clumping into these interesting circular "snowrafts". They all seem to be about 6 to 10 feet across with a ...
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What is the difference between real and imaginary parts of a sinusoid? [closed]

Can somebody explain, without using complicated mathematical formulas, what do real and imaginary parts of the sinus function represent? And what are relations between them? I cannot understand why ...
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Waves - determining whether a given formula represents a wave

Well the basic formula of a wave needs to contain $$y(x,t) = f(x \pm vt)$$ where the sign depends upon the direction of propagation of the wave. However, not every function in the form $y(x,t) = f(x ...
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Ripples of flowing water on a smooth road surface [duplicate]

Yesterday some friends and I were walking in the rain. We noticed that, on a smooth tarmac road surface, the sheet of water flowing down the road was forming ripples as it went. Why was it doing ...
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Circular standing waves musings [closed]

I'm wondering if there is a mathematical model under which particles can be described as spherical waves with he properties that they can move and repel and attract other such "particle-waves" under ...
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Electromagnetic Waves Speed

What is the relationship between the speed on the electromagnetic wave and the density of the medium in which the electromagnetic wave travel through?
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How does diffraction cause maxima and minima on a viewing screen

I have a problem in understanding the diffraction phenomenon. At first, it is described in simple way If a wave encounters a barrier that has an opening of dimensions similar to the wavelength, ...
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Wave-Particle Duality in the Confinement of an Electron in a Box [closed]

According to the wave particle duality, one can say that an electron is both a wave and a particle. If we confine it in a box, it can only form standing waves at particular wavelengths, which leads ...
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Unusual waves and one of its parameter

I'm messing up with this java app on the web about waves on a string and i'm really curious about something. The java app is the following : ...
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What is the difference between antiferromagnetism and spin density wave?

It seems that antiferromagnetism can be treated as a special case of spin density wave with wavelength equals to twice of the unit cell. Is that so?
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Smallest Wavelength of light possible? [duplicate]

I was thinking about blue-shifting of light and I couldn't help my self but think about the limits of blue shifting mechanism and since we know energy of a photon is directly proportional to the ...
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How is it that 62" is the best length for 72Mhz receiver?

According the this article (which was published somewhere in 2005-2008 I think, but it's still comes up first in Google) the best length for a 72Mhz receiver antenna is 62" (~157.5cm). This puzzles me ...
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Phase and group velocity of a soliton? [closed]

How do I find the phase velocity and group velocity of a soliton with a $\operatorname{sech}$ (hyperbolic secant) envelope?
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General solution to the wave equation of electromagnetic field

Suppose that we have the four-vector potential of the electromagnetic field, $$A^i$$ The wave equation is given by $$\Box A^i=\frac {\partial^2}{\partial x^k \partial x_k } A^i= \left(\frac {1}{c^2} ...
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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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Direction of particle's vibration.

I have seen a question related to the the direction of the vibration when a wave moves. I see there two opposite picture that represents contradictory notion of getting the accurate direction of the ...
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Frequency dependance of sound wave reflection

Why are high frequencies reflected more than low frequencies off an 'acoustically hard' surface such as concrete? I basically understand that the amount of reflection is determined by the impedance ...
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Distribution of refractive index of water when applied pressure wave

I was wondering when applying pressure wave, ultrasonic sound waves, under water, how I would be able to measure the distribution of the refractive index.
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Modeling the creation of transverse waves

Suppose I hang one end of a jump rope against a wall and start waving the other end. I'm interested in knowing the behavior of the jump rope as it starts generating waves. In other words, how can I ...