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Physics III: Vibrations and Waves (Fall 2004, MIT OCW). Instructor: Professor Walter Lewin.

In addition to the traditional topics of mechanical vibrations and waves, coupled oscillators, and electromagnetic radiation, other interesting topics are covered in this course: musical instruments, red sunsets, glories, coronae, rainbows, haloes, X-ray binaries, neutron stars, black holes and big-bang cosmology.

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Periodic Phenomena, SHO, Complex Notation, Physical Pendulum Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Beats, Damped Free Oscillations, Quality Q Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Driven Oscillations With Damping, Steady State Solutions, Resonance Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Forced Oscillations, Power at Resonance, Transient Phenomena Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Coupled Oscillators, Resonance Frequencies, Superposition of Modes Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Driven Coupled Oscillators, Steady State & Transient Solutions Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Many Coupled Oscillators, Wave Equation, Transverse Traveling Waves Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Traveling Waves, Standing Waves, Longitudinal Waves, Energy in Waves Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – Sound Cavities, Resonance Frequencies, Musical Instruments Unlimited
  • Lecture 10 – Exam 1 Review, Breaking Wine Glass with Sound Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – Fourier Analysis, Time Evolution of Pulses on Strings Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – Dispersion, Phase Velocity, Group Velocity Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – Electromagnetic Waves, Solutions to Maxwell’s Equations, Polarization Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Accelerated Charges, Poynting Vector, Power, Rayleigh Scattering Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Doppler Effect, EM Radiation and Expanding Universe Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Standing EM Waves, Reflection, Transmission Lines, Radiation Pressure Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Waveguides, Resonance Cavities of EM-radiation and Sound Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Index of Refraction, Reflection, Fresnel Equations, Brewster Angle Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – Exam 2 Review Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Interference, Huygens’ Principle, Thin films, Double Slit Demo Unlimited
  • Lecture 21 – Diffraction, Gratings, Spectral & Angular Resolution, Human Eye Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Rainbows, Haloes, Coronae, Glories Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Farewell Lecture Unlimited

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