Fall 2019 - PHYS 255 D100

Vibrations and Waves (3)

Class Number: 1204

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    BLU 10011, Burnaby

    Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3150, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 4, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    SSCK 9500, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    PHYS 126 or 121 or 141 with a minimum C- grade; or PHYS 101 and 102 with a grade of B or better. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or 240. Recommended concurrent: PHYS 211 and MATH 310.



The physics of vibrations and waves. Topics include periodic motion, including free and forced oscillations, coupled oscillators, normal modes, and waves in one and higher dimensions. Quantitative.


1.     Free vibrations

2.     Damped vibrations

3.     Forced vibrations and resonance

4.     Superposition

5.     Free and forced anharmonic vibrations

6.     Coupled oscillators

7.     Non-dispersive waves

8.     Wave impedance, reflection from boundaries

9.     Standing waves

10.  Energy in waves

11.  Fourier analysis, modulation, Fourier transform

12.  Dispersion

13.  Evanescent waves

14.  Electromagnetic waves

15.  Polarization

16.  Plane waves at boundaries

17.  Diffraction


  • TBA



Required text:
Vibration and Waves (ISBN 9780748444473)
Author: French

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