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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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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Pressure wave in a cup of tea casued by a bubble burst

Assume there is a cup of tea with bubbles formed on its surface by the inner wall of the cup. If one of the bubbles bursts, it causes a wavefront travelling on the surface of the tea. Is this wave ...
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Heat wave containing particle and wave like properties [duplicate]

I see heatwaves occur on the road and was wondering if that is visible motion of wave like properties involving particles.
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How to draw waves in X and Y position like this oscilloscope example?

I would like to know how to "draw sound" so i could achieve shapes like the ones in this video: http://www.modularsynth.ru/en/2014/01/24/ed120_chaotica/ I have programming background ( as in: i ...
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Is light amplitude spacial?

In diagrams I often see light waves depicted as little sine waves that travel through space. And often when describing polarizers, the explainer will angle their hand to show the angle of ...
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Damping of not harmonic waves

You pluck a (guitar) string so that you create a wave with harmonic frequency and a wave with not-harmonic frequency. Which one will be heard longer? Why? Or ask it differently: Is the wave with ...
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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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Huygens and philosophy of the slit

A single (narrow) slit diffraction pattern, can be explained/described classically with Huygens' principle (1678), and quantum mechanically with the Uncertainty principle. If the pattern on the screen ...
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Why does sound become louder and increase frequency if I give it a narrow path?

If I put my hand over the speaker of my phone like in the picture, I can clearly hear my music amplified, why does this happen? The only cause I can think about is the fact that all the intensity ...
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How quickly is motion transferred in a solid object?

Just for example: assume an iron bar one foot in length. If you push on one end, the entire bar will move. This seems instantaneous. but actually, from my understanding, the atoms all push against ...
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Is it theoretically possible to project sound in a line, like flashlights?

I was wondering if there is a way to project sound waves on a particular point, like a laser? So that you can you can privately send a voice message to a specific person in crowd. The very first idea ...
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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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If wave speed is dependent on medium only, then how to reconcile $v\propto f$?

I have read and learnt in many places that velocity of a wave depends only on the medium through which it travels. It is clear from this that the velocity of a wave doesn't depend on the frequency of ...
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Light Lab Misunderstanding. Please help

For a Physics lab, this question was asked "As you learned, the wavelength and the separation of the sources affect the number of nodal lines produced. Using your results from steps 2 and 3, determine ...
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How does a longer wavelength penetrate deeper with Rayleigh waves?

I'm struggling slightly to understand this idea. I've slowly been building up an explanation, so at this stage it might be just some confirmation I'm looking for, but also some guidance if I'm off ...
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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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Electron orbitals and the circular membrane vibrations

I just stumbled across the fascinating analogy between electron orbitals and the fundamental waves of a circular membrane in Wikipedia. Now the weird and arbitrary looking orbitals don't look so ...
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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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Walter Lewin's physics lecture 8.03 Waves and Oscillation [closed]

Does any of you have the files (lecture notes, assignments, exams) of Walter Lewin's course on Waves and Oscillations? I used to learn from them and it helped so much. Thanks before
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Can “particle” waves break as ocean waves do?

I have heard about electrons surfing on wake fields which got me thinking. Are there analogs to reefs for these waves and can these waves break as ocean waves do when they hit a reef?
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How do electromagnetic waves travel in a vacuum?

This is perhaps a total newbie question, and I will try to formulate it the best I can, so here it goes. How does an electromagnetic wave travel through for example, the vacumm of space? I usually ...
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What is the source of water and waves on the water planet in the movie Interstellar?

We will ignore some of the more obvious issues with the movie and assume all other things are consistent to have fun with some of these questions. Simple [hopefully] Pre-questions: 1) If the water ...
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about to create a standing wave

I think partial of this question being asked before but I have some other doubts.As shown in this post how to add two plane waves if they are propagating in different direction?, reading the third ...
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Frequency of Sound Waves

Is the frequency of the echo (resulted from the reflected sound wave) equal to the frequency of the original sound wave?
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The amplitude of oscillations in sound waves

How can the amplitude of molecules displacement be measured in a sound wave? How can the amplitude of the pressure fluctuation be measured in a sound wave? What are the difference between these two ...
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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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Between Constructive and Deconstructive Interference

Is there something other than constructive interference, such as a shift in 1/4 λ or 3/4 λ or even 7/5 λ? Because it would not end in a hill or a valley. It would be someplace between. Would it ...
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The interference pattern of a wave along a line [closed]

Why the answer is B, but not C? Is it true that the pattern cannot go beyond $A_0$ and $-A_0$ at the same instant?
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Why should a solution to the wave equation be finite?

Given the wave differential equation $$\frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial t^2} = k\frac{\partial^2 y}{\partial x^2}$$ Any function that satisfies the wave differential equation represents a wave ...
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What is a wave? What is a particle?

I am reading a David Bohm book on quantum theory. He says the idea that light is both a particle and a wave is incompatible: (1) we know light has particle-like properties through the photoelectric ...
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How would a sound mirror work?

Context: We all know that by galvanizing a plate with a silver coating, this plate will have a very high reflection coefficient and act as a mirror for EM radiation (not for all $\lambda$ ranges of ...
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What is an electromagnetic pulse?

Is an electromagnetic pulse a plain electromagnetic wave with one peak?
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Can a phase array evoke a standing wave at a focal point that has a much higher frequency that the constituent emitted frequencies?

This is a phased array: How can you focus sound? It can focus many waves of weak radio wave or light into a single focal point that's very strong. Now imagine that we delay half of the emitters by ...
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Is it possible to have both a conduction current and a displacement current at the same time?

According to Ampere's law, is it possible to have both a conduction current and a displacement current at the same time? In the classical derivation of the displacement current using a parallel plate ...
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Superposition of electromagnetic waves and energy localization

Sorry for the long question. I didn't know how to make it shorter. I'm trying to understand how energy is spatially localized in an electromagnetic wave. My premises are: Electromagnetic energy is ...
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Coherence length requirement for interference

One property of light sources that is usually stated, which is of particular importance when trying to create interference fringes, is the coherence length (or coherence time). The equation for the ...
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Why are electromagnetic waves not able to pass through a hole with a diameter smaller than the wavelength? [duplicate]

I am doing research on Faraday cages for school, and I want to know how it works. Faraday cages can have holes in them, and if the diameter is smaller than the wavelength of waves you want to block, ...
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Why are there dead zones near an antenna using the sky-wave propagation system?

I have heard in my class that there are dead zones near the antennas which use the sky-wave propagation system. I have also been told that cell phones are unable to receive signal near the antennas. ...
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Will the frequency of the reflected wave of a moving source be shifted by Doppler effect?

I want to know if there is a moving source that emits wave to a reflecting object like a wall for example, then, will the frequency of the reflected wave be shifted because of the Doppler effect. As ...
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Problem with sound intensity equation in displacement amplitude form

The sound or wave intensity is defined by energy transfer rate with time (power) per unit of area: $$ I = \frac{P}{A} \tag{1} $$ so this equation makes sense since the denominator is the area of the ...
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Is wave superposition always equivalent to wave interference?

I'm confused when using these 2 words "wave superposition" and "wave interference" since their definition is very similar. So, are these 2 term the same?
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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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Why is it so easy to create audible sound?

Context Why is it so easy to create audible sounds in life with basically anything? Putting your cup of coffee on a table comes with a sound Turning a page of your book comes with a sound Even ...
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Relation between wavelength and system size

We always say that when a given light wave interacts with atoms bound in a molecule, only waves with wavelength close to the inter-atomic-spacing are able to probe the system. In other context ...
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Light wave crossing media and the relationship between speed, wavelength, and frequency

There are many threads on this topic (like this one) but one aspect about the equation $ v = \lambda\nu $ still confuses me. I have read that frequency does not change when light crosses into ...
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Is there no way to create an arbitrary wave on a string fixed at two ends?

My question concern standing waves on a string with 2 fixed end. As there is one wave created, it will be reflected when it reaches one end and create another identical wave with opposite direction ...
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Does wave interference happen only to same frequency waves?

As the title says, from books and results from internet, I find that examples of wave interference always have the same frequency, only different in phase constant. So, I'd like to know if wave ...
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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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Solution of one dimensional wave equation by variable separation method

When solving the One dimensional wave equation by variable separable method, we equate left-hand side and right-hand side to a constant which is negative in nature. Why has the constant be only ...
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What unit of distance to use when calculating power loss?

80% of Earth's atmosphere is within 10 miles of Earth's surface. I know that power attenuates inversely as the square of the distance within the atmosphere so it occurs to me that a 50,000 watt signal ...