Physics of Oscillations and Waves: With use of Matlab and Python Front Cover

Physics of Oscillations and Waves: With use of Matlab and Python

  • Length: 576 pages
  • Edition: 1st ed. 2018
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  • Publication Date: 2018-08-22
  • ISBN-10: 3319723138
  • ISBN-13: 9783319723136
  • Sales Rank: #414833 (See Top 100 Books)

In this textbook a combination of standard mathematics and modern numerical methods is used to describe a wide range of natural wave phenomena, such as sound, light and water waves, particularly in specific popular contexts, e.g. colors or the acoustics of musical instruments. It introduces the reader to the basic physical principles that allow the description of the oscillatory motion of matter and classical fields, as well as resulting concepts including interference, diffraction, and coherence. Numerical methods offer new scientific insights and make it possible to handle interesting cases that can’t readily be addressed using analytical mathematics; this holds true not only for problem solving but also for the description of phenomena. Essential physical parameters are brought more into focus, rather than concentrating on the details of which mathematical trick should be used to obtain a certain solution. Readers will learn how time-resolved frequency analysis offers a deeper understanding of the interplay between frequency and time, which is relevant to many phenomena involving oscillations and waves. Attention is also drawn to common misconceptions resulting from uncritical use of the Fourier transform. The book offers an ideal guide for upper-level undergraduate physics students and will also benefit physics instructors. Program codes in Matlab and Python, together with interesting files for use in the problems, are provided as free supplementary material.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Free And Damped Oscillations
Chapter 3 Forced Oscillations And Resonance
Chapter 4 Numerical Methods
Chapter 5 Fourier Analysis
Chapter 6 Waves
Chapter 7 Sound
Chapter 8 Dispersion And Waves On Water
Chapter 9 Electromagnetic Waves
Chapter 10 Reflection, Transmission And Polarization
Chapter 11 Measurements Of Light, Dispersion, Colours
Chapter 12 Geometric Optics
Chapter 13 Interference—Diffraction
Chapter 14 Wavelet Transform
Chapter 15 Coherence, Dipole Radiation And Laser
Chapter 16 Skin Depth And Waveguides

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