Welcome to Physics 302: Vibrations and Waves. The purpose of this course is to enable you to understand oscillations and wave phenomena in several domains. Much of the course will focus on mechanical waves and systems since the basic laws of mechanics should already be familiar to you. We will discuss general aspects of waves that are common to electromagnetic waves, but will not examine the basic laws allowing electromagnetic waves to exist in classical physics. We will also discuss quantum mechanical waves, again without discussing the fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics underlying a view of the world in which waves are found in unexpected places.
Prerequisites: One of PHYS 204 or PHYS 200; and MATH 265