8.03SC | Fall 2016 | Undergraduate

Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

Part III: Optics

Exam 2

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Exam Information

Exam two covers Lectures 9 through 16.

What You Should Know:

  • How to use infinite system to solve finite system
  • Continues limit: Wave equations!
  • Solutions to wave equations: Normal modes (Progressing wave solutions standing waves)
  • Matching the boundary of two systems: Reflection and transmission
  • Longitudinal waves: Spring waves and sound waves
  • EM waves: How to calculate electric field and magnetic field from one another, standing EM waves, energy density and Poynting vector
  • Dispersive medium: Dispersive relation, Fourier transform, AM radio and Uncertainty Principle
  • 2D and 3D waves: Normal modes, Snell’s Law

Practice Exam

Exam 2 Formula Sheet (PDF - 1.2MB)
Practice Exam 2 (PDF)

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Course Info

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Fall 2016
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