Principle of Superposition
When two pulses travel past a point in a string at the same time, the
displacement of the string at that point is the sum of the sum of the
displacement each pulse would produce there by itself.
The Amplitude A of a wave refers to the
maximum displacement from their normal
positions of the particles that oscillate back and
forth as the wave travels by.
A theorem by Jean
Fourier (1768 – 1830)
shows that any
periodic wave of
regardless of its
waveform, can be
thought of as a
whose frequencies are
f, 2f, 3f and so on.
Types of Waves
Waves may be transverse, longitudinal,
or a combination of both.
Waves in stretched string are transverse
waves because the individual segments
of the string vibrate perpendicular to the
directions in which the waves travel.
Longitudinal waves occur when the
individual particles travel back and forth
parallel to the direction in which the
Waves in the body of water (or other
liquid) are combination of transverse
and longitudinal waves. Each molecules
moves in a circle with a period equal to
period of the wave.
Standing waves are results of
waves that travel down the string
in both directions, are reflected at
the ends, proceed across to the
opposite ends and are again
reflected, and so on.
Interference is the interaction of
different wave trains.
Constructive interference occurs
when the resulting composite
wave has an amplitude greater
than that of either the original
waves, and destructive
interference occurs when the
resulting composite wave has an
amplitude less than that of either
of the original waves.
Fundamental Frequency, Overtones,
Resonance is the response of an oscillator
when a driving force is applied to an
oscillating system at a frequency near the
natural frequency of the system, the
amplitude of the oscillation becomes large.
An acoustic wave is any mechanical wave that
propagates through an elastic medium, which may be
solid, liquid or gaseous.
Sound wave is the term used to refer to mechanical
waves, usually in air, having a frequency within the
range of human hearing, about 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
Infrasonic waves are those having frequency less than
20 Hz and ultrasonic waves for those frequency
greater than 20 kHz.