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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 Oscillations, Physical Pendulum
Lecture 02 - Beats, Damped Free Oscillations, Quality Q
Lecture 03 - Forced Oscillations with Damping, Destructive Resonance
Lecture 04 - Forced Oscillations, Power at Resonance, Transient Phenomena
Lecture 05 - Coupled Oscillators
Lecture 06 - Driven Coupled Oscillators and Cramer's Rule
Lecture 07 - Coupled Oscillators, Transverse Traveling Pulses and Waves
Lecture 08 - Traveling Waves, Sound Waves and Energy in Waves
Lecture 09 - Musical Instruments, Sound Cavities, Normal Modes
Lecture 10 - Exam 1 Review
Lecture 11 - Fourier Analysis, Time Evolution of Pulses on Strings
Lecture 12 - Dispersion, Phase Velocity, Group Velocity
Lecture 13 - Electromagnetic Waves, Polarization
Lecture 14 - Accelerated Charges, Poynting Vector, and Power
Lecture 15 - Doppler Effect, EM Radiation and Expanding Universe
Lecture 16 - Interactions of Electromagnetic Waves with Perfect Conductors
Lecture 17 - Wave Guides, Resonance Cavities of EM-radiation and Sound
Lecture 18 - Boundary Conditions for Dielectrics
Lecture 19 - Exam 2 Review
Lecture 20 - Huygens' Principle, Interference, Thin films, Soap, Oil, Light
Lecture 21 - Diffraction, Gratings, Pin Holes, Angular Resolution
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.