Oscillations / Acoustics

Support Equipment



Physical Pendula

Springs and Oscillators

Simple Harmonic Motion

Damped Oscillators

Driven Mechanical Resonance

Coupled Oscillations

Normal Modes

Lissajous Figures

Non-Linear Systems

Wave Motion

Transverse Pulses and Wave

Longitudinal Pulses and Waves

Standing Waves

Impedance and Dispersion

Compound Waves

Wave Properties of Sound

Phase and Group Velocity

Reflection and Refraction (Sound)

Transfer of Energy in Waves

Doppler Effect

Shock Waves

Interference and Diffraction

Interference and Diffraction of Sound


Coupled Resonators


Resonance in Strings

Stringed Instruments

Resonance Cavities

Air Column Instruments

Resonance in Plates, Bars, Solids

Tuning Forks

Electronic Instruments

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