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 a football stadium wave satisfy the wave equation?

This is the wave by fans. Does it satisfy the wave equation?
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Messing with the past: Endless loop, or alternate timelines? [closed]

Let's take the following scenario: A person finds a time machine. He uses it to travel to the past, and kills his grandparents. Now because of this, his parents are never born, they do not ...
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Can the equation $v=\lambda f$ be made true even for non sinusoidal waves?

The known relation between the speed of a propagating wave, the wave length of the wave, and its frequency is $$v=\lambda f$$ which is always true for any periodic sinusoidal waves. Now consider: ...
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Why do you get electric field of a light wave?

Why do you get electric field of a light wave in following form: $E(x,t)=A cos(kx-\omega t- \theta)$?( look at: https://public.me.com/ricktrebino -> OpticsI-02-Waves-Fields.ppt, p. 18)
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Standing Wave: How to show that $\frac{\mathrm df}{f}=0.5\frac{\mathrm dF}{F}$ where $f$ is frequency and $F$ is tension of the string?

How to do this? Show that if the tension $F$ in a string is changed by a small amount $\mathrm dF$, the fractional change in frequency of a standing wave, $\frac{\mathrm df}{f}$ is given by: ...
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EM waves in conductors

On a recent test in my E&M class, we derived what happens to an EM wave propogating in a conductor of conductivity $\sigma$, but I'm having trouble understanding the results. We started from the ...
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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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Question on open organ pipe

Although open organ pipe is open on both ends, how standing waves are produced in a open organ pipe. Can someone explain with more clarity ?
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Plane polarized light?

I have heard about plane polarized light: light wave which has vibration in one plane. My curiosity forces me to ask a doubt, is there any way to produce polarized light wave which has vibrations in ...
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Why is $B=\frac{1}{\omega} k\times E$?

Why can we derrive from $B=\frac{k}{\omega}|E|$ the formula $B=\frac{1}{\omega} k\times E$ ? Obviously, because they are perpendicular, but why is it mathematically legitimate?
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Why frequency is inversely proportional to time-period?

Why frequency is inversely proportional to time-period? While studying about Fourier transform that shows frequency representation. A doubt that came to me was a set of signal with same wavelength ...
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Coherent sources for interference

Regular interference pattern can be observed if the two wave sources are coherent. Two sources are coherent if they have the same frequency and constant phase difference. Could someone please ...
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Distance between Newton's Rings fringes is does not seem linear

On the outer edges of Newton Ring patterns, the fringes are really close together, and much more uneven. Also, the spacing does not seem to decrease linearly at all as you move from the center. Why is ...
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What is the theoretical/intutive meaning of $x(t) = x_0 \cos ( \omega t + f )$?

What is the meaning of $x(t)=x_0 \cos(\omega t+f)$, where $x_0$ is the amplitude, $\omega$ the angular frequency, $t$ time and $f$ the phase constant? I know how to solve the mathematical problems ...
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Are there any substances that allow sound to travel better then air? [closed]

The question is the same as the one I put in the title but here it is in more words. I was wondering if there were any substances that allowed sound to travel more efficiently. For example water is ...
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Is light electromagnetic waves or quantumn particle waves? [duplicate]

Is light electromagnetic waves or quantum physical particle waves. Or are they the same? Note: My question is specifically how electromagnetism plays into the quantum physics and the double slit ...
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What is the difference between phase difference and path difference?

I have learnt that path difference is the difference between the distance travelled by two waves meeting at a point. If that is path difference,then how will one know what is phase difference and how ...
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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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Relationship between tones made by a piano

If a piano were to be tuned perfectly with the equal temperament system, what would be the relationship between standing waves from one note to the next? How would the frequency and wavelength of ...
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The second resonance of string?

What is the relationship between "the second resonance " and string and the wavelength. Like in this question: if the length of the string is 2cm with second resonance, then what is wavelength?
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Why is the turbulent energy cascade described as function of a wavenumber?

In all the literature I've seen the turbulent energy spectrum described as $E(k)$ instead of $E(L)$, i.e. as a function of a wave number not eddy size. The connection via $k=2\pi/\lambda$ is clear, ...
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Conservation of energy with Huygens-Fresnel principle

I am currently experimenting with Huygens-Fresnel principle. I am trying to simulate the propagation of a beam, emerging from an aperture slot of width w. I assume the slot to be long and therefore ...
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Sound “exploding” in car's window at certain speed [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why, when one opens 1 car window, does that noise occur? My knowledge in this area is really out-of-dated and stopped somewhere like ten years ago. So I would like to ...
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Speed of Light, Photons or WaveSpeed?

The speed of light is almost 300 000 km/s. The photons have a speed along the wave, and the wave have a speed straight forwards. What is the speed of light? Is it the speed the photons have along ...
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Property of the wave functions of a free particle

How can I show that the following holds? $$\langle nlm\mid \partial_z^2\mid nlm\rangle=-\int_0^{4\pi}d\Omega\int_0^{\infty}drr^2\left|\partial_z\psi_{nlm}\right|^2$$ The wave functions of a free ...
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Propagation of transverse wave energy

Since I feel this question was not clearly answered, I am rewording it here. How does energy reaches from left to right in a transverse wave when the vibration of particles is only in "up and down" ...
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Determining wave vector

If I have an $\mathbf{E}$ field: $$ \mathbf{E}_1 = (\hat x 2e^{j\pi/2} + \hat y5)e^{-j4z} $$ How do I find the wave vector $\vec{k}$? If I multiply through I get $ \mathbf{E}_1 = \hat x ...
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Why do water ripples widen (in plain English)

In this YouTube video water ripples start out with a wavelength of, say, 10 cm at the outer edge and they end up with a wavelength of about 30-40 cm towards the end of the video. Why does this happen, ...
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Finding the frequency of vibration of part of a system

The setup: 4 spheres of diameter $d$ are suspended on a horizontal plane (magically). They are arranged in a square with length $l$ (the vertices are correspondent to the sphere's centers). The ...
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Amplitude Modulation in dispersive mediums

I'm reading the book "Physics of Waves" by Georgi. In section 10.2 he says that to send a signal through one-dimensional dispersive mediums where the dispersion relation is not $\omega(k)=vk$ ($v$ the ...
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Wave properties and temperature

Today it was told me that wave properties of a particle increase if the temperature decreases. I'm surprised because I have never listened a similar thing, but I think that it's very interesting. ...
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Disparity between two texts on intensity and phase interference - which is right?

So, I'm learning phase interference. Imagine we have two waves. $$ E_1 = A_0sin(wt) $$ and $$ E_2 = A_0sin(wt+\phi) $$ With $$ \phi = \frac{2\pi}{\lambda}dsin(\theta) $$ Which is the path ...
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How to derive path difference ($\Delta l=d\sin \theta$) for double-slit interference?

The Wikipedia page for the double-slit wave interference experiment states that the path difference between waves diffracting from the two slits is equal to: $$ \Delta l=d\sin \theta $$ where $d$ is ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Watertank waves

Say we have a rectangular tank of water and we push it lengthwise. Suppose the surface stays planar. What would be the trajectory of the centre of mass?
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The wave function of transverse one is different from longitude one for convenience?

I use the book Fundamental of Physics Hallidays&Resnick 10th Edition Jearl Walker to study in my physics class while I got myself University Physics with Modern Physics Sears, Zemansky 13th ...
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What's the physical interpretation of an arbitrary normal mode for masses and springs?

Consider the following system consisting of 3 masses and 4 springs : I have learned that this system posseses three normal modes, corresponding to its three natural frequencies, say ...
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Is there a (cheap) optical resonance demonstration using visible light?

I'm looking for a impressive, inexpensive lecture demonstration of optical standing wave resonance. Preferably visible light. Can anyone suggest such a demo?
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Polarisation definition

What is more correct and what is the difference? Polarised waves are waves with vibrations in one direction perpendicular to energy propagation "vibrations in one plane" "vibrations in one direction ...
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Does the equation for a wave passing through two slits apply for particles as waves?

The standard equation for a wave travelling through a double-slit apparatus is $w=\dfrac{z\lambda}{d}$, where $w$ is the fringe spacing at the detector screen on the other side of the slits, $z$ is ...
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How to understand “the speed of propagation of the condition of constant phase”?

I still can't understand that the phase can be a constant until now. If the phase is constant, from the $$y(x,t) = a \times \sin(phase)$$ the shape of wave will be a line parallel to x-axis.But I ...
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Interaction of ocean waves and currents

I was on a small island recently near high tide. As the tide started to go out, a tidal pond emptied into the ocean through a narrow channel with a strong outgoing current. There was also wind on ...
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What length should be the gap to block UV waves from the Sun?

The origin of the question is practical, but the theoretical part is interesting too. Let's rest a little bit on the roof on a sunny summer day. We don't want to get burned, so we usually place some ...
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Does an electomagnetic field “modulate” an electric field?

Lets imagine an electromagnetic wave is vertically polarized. If you ignore the magnetic component, the electric field lines would point upwards from the ground or downwards in a cyclical way and of ...