Wavelength (meters) Wavelength defined between any two points on wave that are one cycle apart (2*pi radians). e.g., Peaks Zeros crossing Troughs Sin(θ) where θ is an point. Wavelength of a sine wave, λ, can be measured between any two points with the same phase, such as between crests, or troughs, or corresponding zero crossings as shown.sine wavephasezero crossings
Wave Period T (s) and Linear Frequency 1/T (s -1 ) Wave parameters T: wave period (s) λ: wave length (m) f=1/T : linear frequency 1 (2π /s -1 or cycles/s) Wave Velocity or Speed: v (m/s) = λ/T = λ * f Angular wave number: k = 2π/ λ Angular frequency: ω = 2π/ T = 2π*f Wave solution: u(x,t) = A * sin( k*x – ω *t ) (m) The period of a wave is the time interval for the wave to complete one cycle (2*pi radians). What is this waves period?
Pulse wave versus Sinusoidal wave A pulse is a compact disturbance in space/time. A sinusoidal wave is NOT compact, it is everywhere in space/time. A pulse can be ‘built’ up mathematically as a sum of sinusoidal waves.
Superposition of wave pulses Which is the space (x) axis and which the time (t) axis?
Longitudinal (P) vs. Transverse (S) waves: vibration versus energy transport direction
Water and Rayleigh waves particle motions Elastic medium Rayleigh surface wave Synchronized P-SV motions Retrograde Circular particle motion Acoustic medium (water) Prograde circular particle motion
Two different wavelength waves added Together: beating phenomena Two 1-dimensional wave pulse traveling And superimposing their amplitudes
Huygen’s wavelets: secondary wavefronts propagated to interfere constructively and destructively to make new time advanced wavefront
Standing waves on a string. Fixed endpoint don’t move; wave is trapped.
Harmonic motion: two forces out of phase A mechanical wave propagates a pulse/sinusoid of KE+PE energy because the inertial forces load the springs by pushing and pulling on the springs which permits the wave energy to propagated in time.