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    Wave Phenomena Help

    Introduction The universe is awash with ripples. Waves can occur in any mode and medium we care to imagine. Waves propagate in gases, liquids, and solids. Waves undulate throughout the space-time continuum and through what appears to be the absence of any medium ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Intangible Waves Help

    Introduction The easiest waves to think about are the ones we can see and feel. Water waves are the best example. If you sit on a beach where swells are rolling in, you can feel their force and rhythm. Prehistoric humans no doubt spent hours staring at the waves ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Fundamental Properties Help

    Introduction All waves, no matter what the medium or mode, have three different but interdependent properties. The wavelength is the distance between identical points on two adjacent waves. It is measured in meters. The ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Wave Interaction Help

    Introduction Two or more waves can combine to produce interesting effects and, in some cases, remarkable patterns. Amplitudes can be exaggerated, waveforms altered, and entirely new waves generated. Common wave-interaction phenomena include ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Wave Mysteries Help

    Introduction The more we delve into the mysteries of wave phenomena, the less we seem to know about them. Studying waves is bound to produce more questions than answers. Lengthwise Versus Sideways

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Particle or Wave? Help

    Introduction The question, “Is an EM field a barrage of particles or a wave disturbance?” has never been fully and rigorously answered. There is a relation, however, between photon energy, frequency, and wavelength. Energy, ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Wave Phenomena Practice Test

    Review the following concepts if needed: Wave Phenomena Help

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Harmonics and Resonance Help

    Seiche and Harmonics Any child who lives in a house with a bathtub knows about seiche (pronounced “saysh”). Any enclosed or semienclosed body of water can be made to slosh back and forth at a rate that depends on the size and shape of the ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Physics and Beats Help

    Heterodyning No matter what the mode, and regardless of the medium, waves mix to produce other waves. When this happens with sound, the effect is called beating; when it happens with radio signals, it is called heterodyning , or mixing . ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional
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    Diffraction Help

    Diffraction Waves can gang up, fight each other, and travel in illogical directions at unreasonable speeds. They also can turn corners. Do you remember playing in the side yard when you were a child, hoping that you would not hear your mother call you from the ...

    Source: McGraw-Hill Professional

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