8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate
Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
Part I: Mechanical Vibrations and Waves

Lecture 10: Traveling Waves

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Lecture Topics

  • Vibrating string
  • Wave equation
  • Traveling wave

Lecture Video: Traveling Waves

Prof. Lee introduces the traveling wave solution of the wave equation. He also shows the string “remembers” the shape of the traveling wave though energy stored in the form of kinematic energy.

Lecture Notes

Typed Notes for Lecture 10 (PDF - 1.9MB)

Handwritten Notes for Lecture 10 (PDF - 2.4MB)

Textbook Reading

Chapter 6: Continuum Limit and Fourier Series (PDF - 1.2MB) (section 6.2 to end) 

Chapter 7: Longitudinal Oscillations and Sound (PDF - 1.3MB) 

Chapter 8: Traveling Waves (PDF - 1.4MB) (through section 8.2) 

In-class Demonstrations

SEE IT IN THE LECTURE
Bell Labs Wave Machine (Mismatched Impedance), Bell Labs Wave Machine (Mismatched Impedance), and Bell Labs Wave Machine (Mismatched Impedance)

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