ChemPhys 173/273

Unit 3: Wave Basics

Problem Set A

 

Overview:

Problem Set A targets your conceptual understanding of waves and your ability to mathematically analyze wave patterns. There are 20 problems in the set with more than half of them involving routine, single-step mathematical manipulations. To be successful at solving these 20 problems, there are a variety of conceptual understandings and mathematical skills which you will have to master. These concepts and skills include but are not limited to:

 

 

 

Additional Readings/Study Aids:

The following pages from The Physics Classroom tutorial may serve to be useful in assisting you in the understanding of waves and the mathematical analysis of their patterns.

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Problem

Description

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1

Routine calculation of period.

2

Routine calculation of wave speed.

3

Routine calculation of wavelength.

4

Referring to the previous problem; routine calculation of wavelength.

5

Multiple step problem for calculating the wavelength; requires attention to units.

6

Routine calculation of amplitude.

7

Referring to the previous problem; determination of wavelength from a pattern.

8

Referring to the previous problem; routine calculation of period.

9

Referring to the previous problem; routine calculation of wave speed (requires correct answer on #7).

10

Multiple step problem for calculating the wave speed; requires attention to units.

11

Use of the definition of speed to calculate a time of travel; requires attention to units.

12

An echo problem involving the use of the definition of speed to determine a distance of separation.

13

Multiple step problem for calculating the wave speed.

14

Referring to the previous problem; routine calculation of amplitude.

15

Multiple step problem for calculating the frequency.

16

Analysis of a standing wave pattern to determine the wavelength of a wave.

17

Referring to the previous problem; routine calculation of wave speed (requires correct answer on #16).

18

Multiple step problem involving the analysis of a standing wave pattern and the determination of the frequency.

19

Multiple step problem involving the analysis of a standing wave pattern and the determination of the number of wave cycles in a specified amount of time.

20

Multiple step problem involving the analysis of a standing wave pattern and the determination of the wave speed.

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