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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Numerical Solution of the Propagation-Dispersion equation

I have asked this question on Computational Science and also on Mathoverflow, but no satisfactory answers so far. I thought maybe the physics community could shed some insight on the issue. I am ...
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How to calculate dispersion relation from a Finite Difference (FD) wave simulation

I have a python code that calculates the solution of the inhomogeneous acoustic wave equation for a 2D medium with any velocity and source configuration. It was implemented using Finite Differences ...
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The logarithmic decay of WIFI

I have been told that Wi-Fi, LTE etc signal strength fall of as $$\propto \frac1{\log(r)}$$ where $r$ is the distance. I am wondering why this is. I better explain what I mean with this question. ...
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What's the difference between exchange spin wave and magnetostatic spin wave?

So far I've heard of three kinds of spin waves Magnetostatic spin waves (MSW) Dipole-exchange spin waves (DESW) Exchange spin waves (ESW) What's the difference?
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Proof that fixed points of a null field are zero

Suppose we have a scalar field $V$ (which can be acoustic pressure, or a scalar electric potential) that is a solution of the wave equation $$\Box V(x,y,z,t) = 0$$ I am wondering if a fixed ...
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Linear KDV eq. asymptotics

The question arises from the book Solitons by P. G. Drazin about the linearized KDV eq. $$ u_t+u_{xxx}=0 $$ My first step was to take a Fourier transform of the equation, find that the dispersion ...
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Physical intuition for the solutions of the wave equation

I have been studying the wave equation in $\mathbb{R}^n$ for the cases $n=1,2$ and $3$. In the three cases, working all over $\mathbb{R}^n$. That is: $u_{tt}(x,t)=c^2 u(x,t)$ for $x \in ...
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Boundary conditions for enthalpy waves inside a pipe

So I'm trying to solve a form of the wave equation for sound produced by a vortex distribution $\vec{\omega}$ convecting at velocity $\vec{v}$ . $$\left(\frac{1}{c_0^2} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial ...
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Mechanical waves edge between material and vacuum

I have been thinking about the propagation of EM waves vs. mechanical waves and some of their odd cases. One such case that I haven't been able to puzzle out is what happens when a mechanical wave ...
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What happens to Newton's Third Law during the reflection of a pulse from a free end?

Well, it is known that a pulse gets inverted when it gets reflected from a fixed support while the polarity of the pulse remains same when the incident pulse gets reflected from a free end. However, ...
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Distinguishing transverse and longitudinal from wave equation

Can we distinguish if a general wave or disturbance $f$ (not necessarily electromagnetic) which satisfies the wave equation \begin{equation} \frac{1}{v^2}\frac{\partial^2 f}{\partial t^2} = ...
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Do longitudinal waves travel more quickly in denser gases?

I understand that sound waves are longitudinal, and they travel faster in water than in air. However, would this imply that longitudinal waves travel more quickly in denser gases?
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How efficient is the forward transfer of energy in gravity (surface) waves?

Ocean waves (properly categorized as gravity waves since gravity provides the restoring force within the medium they travel) propagate the major part of the energy derived from winds along the ...
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What criterion did Abbe use?

For a microscope (correct me if I am wrong) the Rayleigh Criterion gives us: $$ R=\frac{1.22 \lambda}{NA_{condenser}+NA_{objective}}$$ But with the Abbe diffraction limit: $$ ...
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Diffraction grating from first principles

I have realised that a lot of books and online resources fail to give a detailed treatment of the derivation of the diffraction grating interference pattern. Normally only the result is stated. I was ...
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Ray tracing a three-way intersection

I've been studying ray tracing in media with linear velocity-depth functions. One of the key concepts I've come across is the ray parameter, and in particular the idea that the ray parameter is ...
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How to calculate the dispersion relation for a wave equation with non-constant speed of wave propagation?

Specifically, it is a one-dimensional wave equation for waves on a string with a non-constant cross-section, i. e. $$S(x)=S_1+S_2 \cos{2x}; \qquad c(x)=\sqrt{F/\rho\, S(x)}.$$ Separating the variables ...
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Normal modes of two wires fastened together

The problem is to find the normal frequencies of the system formed by two fastened wires of length L, and different mass per unit length. I already wrote the boundary conditions, but I need to know ...
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What is the longest distance over which echolocation is effective?

Some animals, most notably bats, use echolocation in order to navigate and detect the location and size of objects and prey. This usually takes place over short distances. What are the theoretical ...
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Constructive and destructive interference in De Broglie matter waves

I'm a little confused about matter waves and especially interference. $\lambda = h/p$ The denominator is momentum and is thus reliant on mass. If we assume that the property holds for particles ...
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What could be the distribution of an explosion energy of a mining-grade and seismic exploration explosives?

Seismic exploration involves the excitation of seismic waves using the industrially made explosive charges. What could be the distribution of explosion energy of such a charges? My guess is that it ...
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Chladni Plate Mathematics

I am a high school student doing an IB Extended Essay investigation concerning the resonant frequencies of Chladni plates of differing materials and sizes. Would someone please explain the definition ...
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The physical meaning of electromagnetic wave

What, fundamentally, is an electromagnetic wave? As far as I know, all wave phenomena are derivations of an oscillating processes, e.g. particles vibrating in a medium. I can't imagine a wave process ...
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Classical wave equation from fermions

Every time there is a classical wave equation, the underlying system is bosonic. For example, em waves are made from photons, sound from phonons (technically quasi-particles), etc. What would be the ...
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Is there an equation that tells you more about the amplitude of an object which is in resonance?

I'm a high school senior and I have to write a paper about resonance and differential equations. I've been searching the Internet for a long time, but I haven't found an equation that is properly ...
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Fourier Transform of ribbon's beam Electric Field

I have a monochromatic ribbon beam with $E(x)e^{i(kz-\omega t)}$ being the electric field's amplitude. I want to show that the lowest order approximation in terms of plane waves is ...
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Physical difference between two different attenuation coefficient functions

The attenuation of a wave through a medium can be modeled by the Beer-Lambert Law using an attenuation coefficient. If $I$ is the intensity, and $I_r$ is a reference intensity, then what is the ...
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Can we compute the magnitude of the stress caused by sound waves on a wall?

As a follow up to this question, Could we really compute the magnitude of the stress caused by sound waves on a wall? If so, How do we do that?
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After quantization of electron vibrations, do we need electrons anyway?

The title question is not ment in a general context, but one in which goes to the plasmon theory. In that case, how is are the statistics (boson vs. fermions) of plasmons determined? And is there an ...
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How does cavity resonance produce EM waves?

My understanding is it acts like a capacitor and inductor in a loop. The capacitor releases stored energy which is absorbed by the inductor through a magnetic field which then returns it to the ...
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What is the highest frequency for ripples on water

I want to transmit sound vibrations as ripples on water, as an experimental audio delay effect. Can I make ripples at audio frequencies, that will travel over about 10cm or more? How about other ...
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Scale analysis for the vertical component of the Boussinesq equation to obtain a complete hydrostatic relation

This is actually an exam question which i have been trying to solve for my studies. Consider the Boussinesq vertical equation: \begin{align} \frac{\partial \widetilde{w}}{\partial t} = - ...
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Standing Waves in a String of two Linear Densities

Given a string with sections of two linear densities like this: Does the point where the two linear densities meet have to be a node if a standing wave is produced? Are there alternatives? Could I ...
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Standing waves arbitary frequency

Suppose I have a string that is fixed rigidly at one end. Now when I start making wave, it will get reflected and should lead to standing waves (Mathematically and by visualization), but then we have ...
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1D transmission lines wave equation solution

you may know that the solution of 1D wave equation by d’Alembert is F(x-ct)+F(x+ct) and my question is that like is this F(x-ct) at transmission lines only the equation of one forward going wave that ...
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Energy and power in a travelling sinusoidal wave

This stuff is driving me crazy. Here: http://galileo.phys.virginia.edu/classes/152.mf1i.spring02/AnalyzingWaves.htm I found that the average kinetic energy per unit length is: $$ \frac{1}{4}\mu ...
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How to arrange a 3d cymatics experiment?

Various researchers have filmed levitating polystyrene using sound waves. If i were to take 3 speakers and attempt to visualize the standing wave fields formed by the three speakers, how would i do ...
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WHY do waves diffract - what is the mechanism behind the diffraction?

Having recently studied wave diffraction at an introductory level, I don't feel that I understand why waves diffract like they do. What is it about the obstacle or the waves interaction with it which ...
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Can TE and TM modes propagate together in a waveguide?

I recently came to understand the TE and TM modes. As it is defined that E=0 for transverse electric and vice-versa. I have a few basic questions in mind which I thought to ask in one thread only. ...
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Argument of a Cosine function (referring to Principles of QM by R. Shankar)

On Page 72, Shankar solves the differential equation: $$ \frac{d^2}{dt^2}\langle m\rvert\psi(t)\rangle=-\left(\frac{m^2\pi^2}{L^2}\right)\langle m\rvert\psi(t)\rangle$$ as: $$ \langle ...
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Two double slit experiments after each other

Does the act of observation forever destroy a photon or electron's wave like behaviour? What would the result be if the electron was observed, and instead of displaying the two lines or particle like ...
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Why doesn't a stationary wave completely destruct, instead of just at the nodes, when the waves are in fixed positions (see examples)

Example 1: I understand that two progressive waves, say π out of phase, travelling in the same direction with the same frequency and amplitude will completely destruct. This is due to the principal of ...
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How to measure stationary waves wavelength at lab?

When conducting the stationary waves experiment, we were to measure the wavelength. Some of us did it by measuring three consecutive nodes, others by measuring the distance from 2 nodes and mutiplying ...
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Fresnel diffraction approximation (parabolic waves)

The Huygens-Fresnel principle (Introduction to Fourier Optics, Goodman), $$ U(x,y)=\frac{z}{i\lambda}\int_\Sigma U(\xi,\eta)\frac{e^{ikr}}{r}d\xi d\eta\,, $$ where $\cos \theta=\frac{z}{r}$, shows ...
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Wave equation - Cases where separation of variables doesn't work

Separation of variables combined with the Fourier's theorem is the most common technique of solving D'Alembert's wave equation: $$ \Delta\Phi-\frac{1}{c_0^2}\frac{\partial^2 \Phi}{\partial t^2}=0 $$ ...
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What is the relationship between the velocity of an object and its Sound Intensity Level in an inelastic collision?

Assuming the mass, acceleration, and height of the dropped object are constant and the area of the measured sound wave is constant, would the relation be linear, exponential, logarithmic, square root ...
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How is the frequency unchanged in elastic wave scattering with a crystal?

it makes sense that with an inelastic scattering process, a wave approaches a crystal, and then some energy is imparted to the phonons, so that the outgoing wave has a different frequency from the ...
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phonon dispersion with random masses

In order to see how phonons should be affected by disorder, I've been playing around with a model involving a 1D chain of masses linked by springs, where the spring strengths are all the same but the ...
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Transfer function of a space varying wave equation

$$\frac{\partial ^2 \psi}{\partial x^2}-\mu \epsilon \frac{\partial ^2 \psi}{\partial t^2}-\mu \sigma \frac{\partial \psi}{\partial t}=0$$ Is the wave electromagnetic wave equation in lossy, source ...
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Models for vibrations and stress waves generated due to impact?

Say that a small metal ball impacts a long thin cylindrical rod from above (let's say height of around 10 cm) in an elastic collision and causes stress waves to propagate left and right from the point ...