Physics 102 Waves. Lecture 5 Traveling Waves March 6, 2006. Moza M. Al-Rabban Professor of Physics [email protected] Phase and Phase Difference.
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The quantity is called the phase of the wave. The wave fronts we have seen in the previous figures are surfaces of constant phase because each point on such a surface has the same displacement, and therefore the same phase. The displacement can be written as D(x,t)=Asin().
The figure shows a snapshot of a traveling wave. The phase difference between points x1 and x2 is:
Phase difference over 2πequals space separation over .
Assess The phase difference increases as x increases, so we expect the answer to part b to be larger than 60 cm.
What is the phase difference between the crest of a wave and the adjacent trough?
Longitudinal waves (e.g., sound) are produced in a compressible medium by longitudinal motion of each particle of the medium, participating in the wave motion by moving in a horizontal path as the wave propagates. This produces moving regions of compression and rarefaction in the medium.
Note that although the wave moves to the right, the individual particles return to their original positions.
We usually think of sound waves as traveling through air, but actually sound can travel through any gas liquid, or solid. The figure shows sound as traveling regions of compression and rarefaction, traveling out from a loudspeaker as a longitudinal wave.
Sound waves in gases and liquids are always longitudinal, but sound in solids can be both longitudinal compression waves and transverse “shear” waves, which usually travel at differing speeds in the medium.
We hear sound in the range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, but sound waves at higher and lower frequencies are common.
What are the wavelengths of sound waves at the limits of human hearing and at the midrange frequency of 500 Hz?
A satellite exploring Jupiter transmits data to the Earth as a radio wave with a frequency of 200 MHz.
What is the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave?
How long does it take for the signal to travel 800 million km from Jupiter to Earth?
Typically, light slows down when it passes through a transparent material like water or glass. The slow-down effect is characterized by the index of refraction of the material:
The power of a wave is the rate, in joules per second, at which the wave transfers energy.
Intensity: I = P/a (units – W/m2)
A red helium-neon laser emits 1.0 mW of light power in a laser beam that is 1.0 mm in diameter.
What is the intensity I of the laser beam?
Wave intensities are strongly affected by reflections and absorption. So these Equations apply to situation such as light from a star or the sound from a firework exploding high in the air. Indoor sound does not obey a simple inverse-square law because of the many reflecting surfaces.
For a sinusoidal wave, each particle in the medium oscillates back and forth in simple harmonic motion.
A particle in SHM with amplitude A has energyInverse Square Law
Where k is the spring constant of the medium, not the wave number.
It is this oscillatory energy of the medium that is transferred, particle to particle, as the wave moves through the medium.
Because a wave’s intensity is proportional to the rate at which energy is transferred through the medium, and because the oscillatory energy in the medium is proportional to the square of the amplitude, we can infer that for any wave
The intensity of a wave is proportional to the square of its amplitude.