This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.
This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.View Full Document
Unformatted text preview: 1 Physics 231 General University Physics Lecture 36 Lecture 9 1 Last Meeting Waves Lecture 9 2 Today Sinusoidal Waves Lecture 9 3 Lecture 9 4 Sinusoidal Waves The wave represented by the curve shown is a sinusoidal wave It is the same curve as sin plotted against This is the simplest example of a periodic continuous wave It can be used to build more complex waves Lecture 9 5 Sinusoidal Waves (cont.) The wave moves toward the right In the previous example, the brown curve represents the wave at time zero As the wave moves toward the right, at a later time it will be at the position of the blue curve Each element moves up and down in simple harmonic motion Distinguish between the motion of the wave and the motion of the particles of the medium 2 Lecture 9 6 Motion of Sine Wave Demo: Traveling Sine Wave (Rotating Helix) Lecture 9 7 Wave Motion )] ( 2 sin[ ) , ( vt x A t x y = Lecture 9 8 Lecture 9 9 Terminology: Amplitude and Wavelength The crest of the wave is...
View Full Document
This note was uploaded on 11/16/2010 for the course PHY 231 taught by Professor Ellis during the Spring '08 term at Kentucky.
- Spring '08