8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate

Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

Part I: Mechanical Vibrations and Waves

Exam 1

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Exam Information

Exam one covers Lectures 1 through 8.

What You Should Know:

  • How to write down Equation of Motion
  • Undamped, under-damped, critically damped, over-damped
  • Driven oscillator, transient behavior and steady state solution, resonance
  • How to determine the unknown coefficients using initial conditions
  • Coupled systems: What are the normal modes? How to solve M-1K eigenvalue problems and what are the full solutions? Driven coupled oscillator, resonance
  • Symmetry & Infinite coupled system: What is the solution of reflection and translation symmetric system? How to determine the dispersion relation ω(k)?

Practice Exam

Exam 1 Formula Sheet (PDF)
Practice Exam 1 (PDF)

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Fall 2016
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