8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

MIT OCW - 8.03 Physics III: Vibrations and Waves (Fall 2004). This consists of 23 video lectures given by Professor Walter Lewin, on vibrations and waves. 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

References
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.