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Physics III: Vibrations and Waves

Fall 2004

Photo of Prof. Lewin in shadow.
This is a picture of Prof. Lewin, taken by Prof. Lewin. It was the "Astronomy Picture of the Day" (APOD) on September 13, 2004. It was also presented to his 8.03 students as a challenge to obtain extra course credit if they were able to explain this phenomenon. On December 7, Prof. Lewin revealed the physics (and demonstrated it) in lecture 22. Thesolution was also revealed by APOD to the many thousands of people who were puzzled by it and who tried to explain it.

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of lecture videos, as well as assignments, exams, and other course materials.

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Course Description

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, glories, coronae, rainbows, haloes, X-ray binaries, neutron stars, black holes and big-bang cosmology.

OpenCourseWare presents another version of 8.03 that features a full set of lecture notes and take-home experiments.

OpenCourseWare also presents Professor Lewin's freshman physics course series 8.01 – Newtonian Mechanics - with a complete set of 35 video lecturesfrom the Fall of 1999 and 8.02 - Electricity and Magnetism - with a complete set of 36 video lectures from the Spring of 2002.

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Lecture Notes

The following documents were made available to the students. They were shown and discussed during the lecture sessions noted in the table.

L6Driven Coupled Oscillators (PDF) Analysis of a Triple Pendulum (PDF)
L17Resonances in Sound Cavity (PDF)
L18Fresnel Equations (PDF)

Video Lectures

Photo of Prof. Lewin in the classroom.

Professor Walter Lewin demonstrating the two normal modes of a coupled pendulum. This demonstration can be viewed on the video of Lecture 5. (Image courtesy of Markos Hankin, MIT Physics Department Lecture Demonstration Group.)

1Periodic Phenomena (Oscillations, Waves) - SHO - Complex Notation - Differential Equations - Physical Pendulum
2Beats - Damped Free Oscillations (Under- Over- and Critically Damped) - Quality Q
3Forced Oscillations with Damping - Destructive Resonance
4Forced Oscillations - Power at Resonance (Resonance Absorption, Resonance Width, Quality Q) - Transient Phenomena (General Solutions including Initial Conditions)
5Coupled Oscillators
6Driven Coupled Oscillators - Triple Pendulum - Steady State and Transient Solutions - Cramer's Rule
7Many Coupled Oscillators - Wave Equation - Transverse Traveling Pulses and Waves
8Traveling Waves - Boundary Conditions - Standing Waves - Sound (Longitudinal Waves) - Energy in Waves
9Musical Instruments - Sound Cavities - Normal Modes
10Exam 1 Review
11Fourier Analysis - Time Evolution of Pulses on Strings
12Dispersion - Phase Velocity - Group Velocity
13Electromagnetic Waves - Plane Wave Solutions to Maxwell's Equations - Polarization - Malus' Law
14Accelerated Charges - Poynting Vector - Power - Rayleigh Scattering - Polarization
15Doppler Effect - Sound - EM Radiation - Binary Stars - Neutron Stars and Black Holes - Expanding Universe
16Boundary Conditions at Perfect Conductors - Reflection - Standing EM Waves - Transmission Lines - Radiation Pressure
17Wave Guides - Resonance Cavities of EM-radiation and Sound
18Boundary Conditions for Dielectrics - Index of Refraction - Snell's Law - Total Internal Reflection - Fresnel Equations - Brewster Angle
19Exam 2 Review
20Huygens' Principle - Interference - Thin films - Soap - Oil - Light (double slit interference)
21Diffraction - Gratings - Pin Holes - Angular Resolution
22Rainbows - Haloes - Coronae - Glories
23Farewell Special - Bring a Friend!

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