Vibrations and Waves
As taught in: Fall 2004
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 lectures from the Fall of 1999 and 8.02 - Electricity and Magnetism - with a complete set of 36 video lectures from the Spring of 2002.
*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.
Course Meeting Times
Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session
Recitations: 2 sessions / week, 1 hour / session
In addition to the following standard topics:
- Mechanical vibrations and waves
- Simple harmonic motion
- Normal modes
- Forced vibrations
- Coupled oscillations
- Driven coupled oscillators
- Vibrations of continuous systems
- Reflection and refraction
- Phase and group velocity
- Wave solutions to Maxwell's equations
- Rayleigh Scattering
- Snell's Law
- Fresnel equations
- Interference, thin films
- Huygens's principle
- Fraunhofer diffraction, and
a variety of related interesting topics will be covered. Among them:
- Musical instruments
- Blue skies
- Red sunsets
- Haloes around the sun and the moon
- Doppler effect
- Binary stars
- Neutron stars
- Black holes
- Big-bang cosmology
Bekefi and Barrett. Electromagnetic Vibrations, Waves and Radiation. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, September 15, 1977. ISBN: 9780262520478.
Lectures - Homework - Solutions - Mini-Quizzes - Exams
There will be 23 lectures, 11 problem sets, 10 mini-quizzes, 2 exams during regular lecture hours, and a 3-hour final. During exams, you are expected to know all material covered in (i) the lectures, (ii) the reading assignments, (iii) the problem sets and (iv) recitations. Please hand in your homework on the due dates; solutions will be made available on the website later that day.
|E1 (after L10)||Exam 1|
|E2 (after L19)||Exam 2|
|E3 (after L23)||Final Exam|
There will be no make-up exams!
Every Tuesday, during a 5-minute break in the lectures, we will have a simple mini-quiz. Some courses give mini-quizzes in recitations. Instead of breaking up the 50-minute recitations, it may be advantageous to do it during a pause in the 85-minute lectures.
A missed homework, quiz or exam counts as a zero. Only in case of verifiable illness can you be excused.
|Participation in Recitations||5%|
There will be a handful of take-home experiments which are part of the problem sets. To do them, you will need an 8.03 experiment kit. The kits will have to be returned at the end of the term.