Monday, June 24, 2013

Physics 116, Oscillations, Waves, Sound, Light, and the Dark Side of Existence

This post contains links and information for my PHYS116 course.

This is a link to the key equations for PHYS116. Caution, there may still be a typo or two, refer to your textbook to be sure if there are any problems, and please let me know so I can correct them.
Key Equations for Waves, Light, Sound, and all of That.

Galloping Gertie, the Tacoma Narrows bridge disaster, is a famous example of resonance.

Different modes of sound wave propagation are described in this non-destructive evaluation site.

An excellent site for virtual demonstrations of waves, light, sound, etc. is available through the University of Salford, Manchester, U.K. The link is here:

Ocean waves are "gravity waves," in that the restoring force comes from gravity, not waves of the gravitational force itself, a long-sought phenomenon in physics. The motions in water gravity are more complex than those of strings or sound. This site gives a great discussion of some of the issues, and the complexity of the motions.

Here's a link to an amazing pendulum array video. It shows a series of pendulums with monotonically increasing lengths that are started in phase, and that each oscillate at a different rate. The resulting patterns are fascinating, surprising, and often beautiful.

This is an excellent discussion of error analysis and reporting from Prof. Frank L. H. Wolfs,
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Rochester, NY

A set of neat little applets from Walter Fendt. Scroll down to the oscillations and waves section to see simulations of resonance, coupled pendula, beat frequencies, etc.

A set of physics applets from the University of Colorado, including waves, motion, quantum, light, and many others.

A “friction harp” that uses resonance to produce tones. “Tis a Gift to be Simple”

A really nice simple harmonic motion demonstration at CoLoS, Conceptual Learning of Science, showing a revolving circle linked to an oscillating spring. Very clear depiction of displacement, velocity, and acceleration.

Physics demonstration videos from Wake Forest University Dept. of Physics.

A nice video on Einstein's theory of relativity.

And one on visualizing the fourth dimensions, and more.

Michio Kaku on the 11 dimensional branes that string theory postulates.

Powerpoint Lecture Links. These links go to previous versions of the PowerPoints. These are being edited during the term so look for updates.

Ch 14  Link
Ch 15 Link
Ch 16 Link
Ch 17  Link   (includes Huygens principle at the end)
Ch 18  Link
Ch 19  Link
Ch 25  Link

Ch 27  Link
Ch 28 Link
Ch 29 Link
Ch 30 Link

Huygen's principle and polarization Mini Talk   Link

Ray Trace Exercises

Converving Lens
Diverging Lens
Concave Mirror

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