Fall 2022 - PHYS 255 D100
Vibrations and Waves (3)
Class Number: 2003
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
BLU 10021, Burnaby
1 778 782-3159
Prerequisites:PHYS 126 or PHYS 121 or PHYS 141, with a minimum grade of C-, or PHYS 102 with a minimum grade of B. Corequisite: MATH 251; MATH 232 or MATH 240. Recommended Corequisite: MATH 260 or 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
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
13. Evanescent waves
14. Electromagnetic waves
16. Plane waves at boundaries
Lectures will be in-person. Notes will be posted on canvas after the lectures.
Participation will include canvas quizzes/polls during class (instead of i-Clickers) and active participation in tutorials.
Tutorials will be in-person.
Midterms (dates to be announced) will be during regular class time.
- 5 midterm exams (i.e. 5x10%) 50%
- 2 small projects 15%
- Written Assignments 15%
- Participation 10%
- Answers to Reading Questions 10%
MATERIALS + SUPPLIES:
Walter Fox Smith, Waves and Oscillations: A Prelude to Quantum Mechanics (available online through the SFU library)
Department Undergraduate Notes:
Students who cannot write their exam during the course's scheduled exam time must request accommodation from their instructor in writing, clearly stating the reason for this request, within one week of the final exam schedule being posted.
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