Winter 2019 Instructor: Matt Graham (web) 
Course TAs: Jonathan Alfson 
2/11/19 Thank you for all your hardwork this term. On to the next Paradigm in Physics. Onward and upward! [Course materials removed, available unpon request]
Link to PH424 official syllabus Please note there is no required textbook purchase for the class this year. Reference will be made to H. Georgi, 2nd Edition Free Online Text; Physics of Waves
Our class covers aspects of Chapters, 12, 59 (references will be provided). Math Methods will use Manogue: Linear Algebra, Online Paradigms Text
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Class Notes  Items Covered  Reading 
Problem sets  Additional Resources & Video Aids 

M1: 
Introduction to Oscillations 
G: 1.11.2, 1.4 
Harmonic motion simulator Massspring harmonic animation 

T1: 
Free motion of an oscillator Damped oscillations 
Video: damped oscillatory motion Oscillations in circuits: What is an inductor? PhET video The LC circuit, an electrical engineeer's description: audio PhET lecture, LC oscillations Optional advanced reading on the physical pendulum. 


G: 1.61.7, 2.1 
Resonance: mechanical resonance, and circuit resonance. Both are governed by essientially the same differential equation  
R1: 
Driven harmonic system. Forced motion of a damped oscillator 
G: 1.61.7, 2.12.2 
Q: You're driving a 15 cm long bob pendulum with sinusoidal driving source of constant AC voltage. At what driving frequency will the pendulum amplitude be the greatest?
(sketch the phase and amplitude dependence) 

F1: 
o Harmonic response of LRC series circuit 
LRC Circuit Resonance Instructions G: 2.12.3 
Weblink, Can you explain the result? Lightbulb ON= LRC Circuit Resonance Short quiz: material up to Qfactor 

M2: 
Forced motion of a damped oscillator 
G: 2.12.4 
LC Circuits  
T2: 
Circuit Resonance Lab & Data Discussion 
G: 2.22.4 
LRC Lab Equipment List 

W2: 
Forced motion of a damped oscillator Group activity: Response to 3 sine drivers worksheet + 3 exam style exercises 
G: 2.22.4, 5.6  Optional: Mathematica workbook to calculate theory LRC response  

Oscillations in circuit(PhET) .jar 
G: 2.22.4, 5.6 


F2: 

M3: 
MLK DAY 


T3: 
Math Methods B: ODE 
Read chapter 7,

Fourier series generating PhET applet: (.jar) Mathematica exercise (.nb) 

W3: 
Math Methods C: Fourier Series

Read chapter 7, Linear Algebra 

R3: 
Peer Review discussion. 
G: 8.1  
F3: 
Waves on string simulation (PhET ) 

Animation: longitudinal vs. transverse waves Tansverse waves video. 

M4: 
Reflection and transmission coefficients 
G: 5.6, 9.2

Video: Electronic propagation speed Video: Transmission line reflections Lab Resources: Coax cable parameters 

T4: 
Lab & Discussion: Coax Cable Lab Workshop 

Video: Transmission line AC impedance  
W4: 
Reflection and transmission coefficients 


R4: 
Math Methods D: Vector Spaces, Separation of Variables, PDEs 
Read chapter 9, 9.19.4 Linear Algebra notes 19 

F4: 
Math Methods E: Vector Spaces, Separation of Variables, PDEs

Read chapter 9, 9.19.4 Linear Algebra  
M5: 
Wave Propagation & Attenuation 
G: 5.6, 9.2 
Alternative coax impedance derivation 

T5: 

G: 8.4  Highly recommended optional reading: EM Wave Equation (you are not responsible for this content, but this equation maps directly to the coaxial cable PDE) 

W5: 
Wave Propagation PDEs 
Editorial Response 1 

R5:

Wave Propagation 
G: 8.2 Standing Wave Demo 
Optional: Mathematica KE, PE wave animation (.nb )  
F5: 
Interactive Review session for PH424 
Summary of SHOs: table of oscillations 
Osc & Waves Physics
GRE Flashcards 

M6  Final Exam, 79 pm  Rm: 212 and 304 
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