SWINGS AND WAVES

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Physics
Academic year when starting the degree: 
2015/2016
Year: 
2
Academic year in which the course will be held: 
2016/2017
Course type: 
Compulsory subjects, characteristic of the class
Credits: 
6
Period: 
First Semester
Standard lectures hours: 
48
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (48 hours)
Requirements: 

Basic knowledge of analysis, trigonometry, and mechanics

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

To provide fundamental notions on oscillatory phenomena and waves.

OSCILLATIONS Free, damped, forced harmonic oscillations. Coupled oscillators. Parametric oscillations. Anharmonic oscillations. Inverted pendulum.
WAVES D’Alembert’s equation, plane waves and spherical waves. Beating of waves with different frequencies. Group velocity. Dispersion. Sound waves. Electromagnetic waves in a dielectric. Water waves. Coherence. Interference. Young: Michelson, Mach-Zehnder. Diffraction: Kirchoff’s integral, single slit, double slit, grating, circular aperture, opaque disc.

Landau L., Lifshits E.M., “Mechanics”, Pergamon

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