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8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

8.03 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 electro-magnetic 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.

Introduction


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

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8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves
In addition to the traditional topics of mechanical vibrations and waves, coupled oscillators, and electro-magnetic radiation, students will also learn about musical instruments, red sunsets, etc.