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Everyone has seen waves on water, heard sound waves and seen light waves. But, what exactly is a wave? Of course, the goal of this course is to answer this question for you. But for now you can think of a wave as a traveling or oscillatory disturbance in some continuous medium (air, water, the electromagnetic field, etc.). As we shall see, waves can be viewed as a collective e↵ect resulting from a combination of many harmonic oscillations. So, to begin, we review the basics of harmonic motion.

Publication Date

8-2014

Keywords

harmonic oscillition, traveling wave, chapter 1, one

Disciplines

Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Physics

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Chapter 1. Version 8.0

01 Harmonic Oscillations

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