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PH 424: Paradigms in Physics: Oscillations and Waves meets 7 hours per week (MWF for 1 hour, TR for 2 hours) for five weeks for a total of 3 credits.
Prereq: PH 411
Previous Paradigms in the sequence are assumed. Prior mathematical introduction to differential equations is strongly recommended.
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1. Class slides and supplemental instructor notes. Uploaded just after each class.
2. H. Georgi, 2nd Edition Free Online Text; Physics of Waves. This is a very comprehensive text, our class covers aspects of Chapters, 1-2, 5-9.
3. C. Manogue [Math Methods]: Linear Algebra, Online Paradigms Text
4. Recommended: Taylor, Classical Mechanics, University Science Books, 2005. ISBN 978-1891389221. [required for later paradigms]
PH424 is a course about oscillations & waves. Oscillations & waves underpin almost all physical phenomena; it is not a discipline to itself, but rather a physical reality that future scientists need to develop a high-level of fluency. Dynamics of mechanical, optical and electrical oscillations; time and frequency representations for driven damped oscillators, resonance; one-dimensional waves in classical mechanics and electromagnetism. Laboratories, data presentation, and scientific writing skills are emphazied. All course content relates directly to practical in-class lab workshops.
Course participants shall be able to:
1) demonstrate physical and mathematical fluency with damped and driven harmonic oscillatory systems.
2) explain and apply the concepts of resonance and phase to a variety of physical systems.
3) demonstrate proficiency with Fourier Series of simple waveforms, and apply them to solve driven harmonic oscillator systems.
4) become technically proficient with AC driven circuits, radios and coaxial cables (including concepts of impedance, phase and resonance).
5) solve the 1D wave equation with arbitrary initial conditions and apply it to explain the physics of wave mechanics in space, energy and time.
6) be able to communicate and apply the 1D wave equation at boundaries to understand reflection and transmission coefficients of waveforms (with wave attenuation).
7) learn to describe complex physical systems through differential equations by the application of physical principles like energy conservation or force balance. (ex. AC circuits, a coaxial cable, damped oscillators)
8) develop practical skills for data presentation, professional scientific writing, peer-review and general laboratory skills.
Students will be expected to abide by all university rules regarding student conduct and academic honesty, in particular, see: link to University Rules.
Science is inherently a social and collaborative effort, each scientist building on the work of others. Nevertheless, each student must ultimately be responsible for his or her own education. Therefore, you will be expected to abide by a number of Ground Rules:
Accommodations for students with disabilities are determined and approved by Disability Access Services (DAS). If you, as a student, believe you are eligible for accommodations but have not obtained approval please contact DAS immediately at 541-737-4098 or at http://ds.oregonstate.edu. DAS notifies students and faculty members of approved academic accommodations and coordinates implementation of those accommodations. While not required, students and faculty members are encouraged to discuss details of the implementation of individual accommodations.
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