WAVES - WAVES AND OPTICS TRAVELING WAVES A wave pulse is a disturbance that propagates through a medium It transfers energy without transferring

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WAVES AND OPTICS
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TRAVELING WAVES A wave pulse is a disturbance that propagates through a medium. It transfers energy without transferring matter.
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13.3 Wave Motion A harmonic disturbance can set up a sinusoidal wave. The distance from crest to crest, or trough to trough, is called the wavelength, λ.
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Continuous Waves
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TRAVELING WAVES Types of waves. Mechanical waves can travel only within a material (air, water, rope…) Electromagnetic waves (light, radio waves, microwaves…) Matter waves (material particles, such as electrons, have wave-like properties.)
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Transverse waves
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Transverse waves
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Longitudinal waves The particles in the medium move parallel to the direction in which the wave travels.
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SOUND WAVES As the tines of the tuning forks vibrate back and forth, they begin to disturb surrounding air molecules. These disturbances are passed on to adjacent air molecules by the mechanism of particle interaction. The motion of the disturbance, originating at the tines of the tuning fork and traveling through the medium (in this case, air) is what is referred to as a sound wave.
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This note was uploaded on 11/13/2011 for the course BRAE 236 taught by Professor Styles during the Fall '08 term at Cal Poly.

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WAVES - WAVES AND OPTICS TRAVELING WAVES A wave pulse is a disturbance that propagates through a medium It transfers energy without transferring

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