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Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Vibrations & Waves
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Department of Physics & Astronomy|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Vibrations & Waves
|Unit title||Unit code||Requirement type||Description|
To explore the detailed behaviour of vibrating systems and wave motion in many different physical systems.
This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 20/21 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact. Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates
On completion successful students will be able to:
- describe and quantitively analyse the behaviour of oscillating systems and wave motion.
- apply the mathematical formalism that describes them.
- recognise examples of oscillating systems and wave motion across many areas of physics
- Simple harmonic motion (SHM): Energy in a vibrating system.
- Damped SHM, Q values and power response curves.
- Forced SHM, resonance and transients.
- Coupled SHM. Normal modes.
- Waves. The 1-D wave equation.
- Waves at interfaces. Wave energy and power. Standing Waves.
- The wave equation in 2-D and 3-D. Superposition.
- Phase and group velocity. Beats. Dispersion.
- Intereference and diffraction.
- The Schrodinger equation: finite wells, potential steps and barriers. Tunnelling.
Examples of vibrating systems and waves will be given in the lectures and on the problem sheets.
Feedback will be offered by tutors on students’ written solutions to weekly examples sheets, and model answers will be issued.
Printed summaries will be downloadable.
King G.C., Vibrations and Waves (Manchester Physics Series, Wiley, 2009)
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Assessment written exam||1.5|
|Independent study hours|
|Anne Juel||Unit coordinator|