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A general introduction to the physics of wave motion with applications to various physical systems. The principle of superposition, interference and diffraction, boundary and continuity conditions, Fourier series and transforms.
|Paper title||Waves in Physical Systems|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,110.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- (MATH 160 or MATH 170) and (36 200-level PHSI points or (18 200-level PHSI points and 18 200-level MATH points))
- Recommended Preparation
- MATH 170
- Schedule C
- Teaching staff
Teaching staff to be advised
Tim Freegarde: Introduction to the Physics of Waves (Cambridge University Press).
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Information literacy,
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- Learning Outcomes
- Apply fundamental mathematical concepts to analyse wave motion in a various physical system.
- Qualitatively describe interference and diffraction effects using the Huygens wavefront principle. Quantitatively evaluate interference and diffraction patterns.
- Utilize appropriate boundary and continuity conditions to solve simple problems of reflection and transmission at interfaces between different media.
- Understand the representation of waves in frequency space. Use Fourier series to transform between time and frequency domains to extract physical information.
- Identify physical systems where wave motion can occur. Formulate and solve an appropriate wave equation.
- Present written, logical, and clear solutions to problems in wave motion.