Longitudinal Wave

On a longitudinal wave: A compression is a region where particles are close to one another. (High pressure) A rarefaction is a region where the particles are further apart. (Low pressure) For a longitudinal wave at an instant of time, displacement is zero when the particle is at equilibrium position displacement is positive when the particle is displaced to the …

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Parts of A Transverse Wave

  Wavefronts show the position of points of a wave which are in phase. Displacement is the distance moved by the particle from its equilibrium position. The amplitude of a wave is the maximum displacement of the particle from its equilibrium position. The wavelength is the distance between 2 successive points on a wave which are in phase with one …

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Types of Waves

Waves provide a mechanism for the transfer of energy from one point to another, there is no transfer of any material between the points. Waves can be classified as: Mechanical OR Electromagnetic Transverse OR Longitudinal Progressive(travelling) OR Stationary (standing) Mechanical Require a medium for propagation Particles of medium oscillate but do not propagate Electromagnetic Require no medium for propagation(can travel …

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Waves

This topic covers “Waves” of A Level Physics. (Equivalent to Advanced Placement) If this is too advanced for you, you can try the more basic version here. Sub-Topics: Types of Waves Parts of A Transverse Wave Longitudinal Wave  Phase Difference Intensity Polarization Questions: (With Worked Solutions) Set 1

Stationary Waves

Stationary waves occur when two waves that meet are: of the same type of the same frequency of the same amplitude travelling in opposite directions If two waves with amplitude A meets,   Properties of stationary waves: Every point bounded within two consecutive nodes is in phase with one another. (reach amplitude/equilibrium positions at the same time) Points bounded within …

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Diffraction Grating

Diffraction grating is an array of a large number of parallel, evenly spaced slits of the same width. When light is shone through a diffraction grating, bright and sharp fringes can be observed at several angular position with the aid of a spectrometer $d \, sin \, \theta = m \lambda$, where d is slit separation, m is the order …

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