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Physics of Oscillations and Waves

With use of Matlab and Python. Undergraduate Texts in Physics

By (author) Arnt Inge Vistnes
Format: Paperback / softback
Language: English
Publisher: Springer International Publishing AG, Cham, Switzerland
Published: 31st Aug 2018
Dimensions: w 156mm h 234mm d 31mm
Weight: 825g
ISBN-10: 3319723138
ISBN-13: 9783319723136
Barcode No: 9783319723136
Synopsis
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.

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