Physics III

Experimental set-up for a take-home experiment on liquid prisms.

Experimental set-up for an experiment on Liquid Prisms. (Image adapted from 8.03 take-home experiments.)


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Spring 2003



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Mechanical vibrations and waves, simple harmonic motion, superposition, forced vibrations and resonance, coupled oscillations and normal modes, vibrations of continuous systems, reflection and refraction, phase and group velocity. Optics, wave solutions to Maxwell's equations, polarization, Snell's law, interference, Huygens's principle, Fraunhofer diffraction, and gratings.

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Nergis Mavalvala, and Thomas Greytak. 8.03 Physics III. Spring 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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