Waves and Oscillations|
|Course Cluster and Certificates: Integrated Design, Engineering & Applied Science Minor|
The properties of periodic motion recur in many areas of physics, including mechanics, quantum physics, and electricity and magnetism. The ubiquity of oscillatory motion in biological and chemical systems, as well as engineering, provides interdisciplinary importance for developing the formal description of periodic motion. We will explore the physical principles and fundamental mathematics related to periodic motions. Topics will include damped and forced harmonic motion, normal modes, the wave equation, Fourier series and integrals, and complex analysis. Principles and techniques developed in this course are central to many subsequent courses, particularly Quantum Mechanics (PHYS214, PHYS315), Classical Dynamics (PHYS313), and Electricity and Magnetism (PHYS324). An important component of this course is to develop the ability to use mathematical software packages to graph expressions, solve equations, and obtain numerical solutions to differential equations.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ASTR)(IDEA-MN)(MOBI-MN)(PHYS-MN)(PHYS)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
Walter Fox Smith, WAVES AND OSCILLATIONS
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly homework problems, two partial exams, one final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students who have taken PHYS113 and 116 are advised to continue with this course as their next physics course.
|Instructor(s): Stewart,Brian A. Times: ..T.R.. 10:20AM-11:40AM; Location: SCIE58; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 45||SR major: 0||JR major: 2|| || |
|Seats Available: 6||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 34||FR: 5|
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