2.062J / 1.138J / 18.376J Wave Propagation

Fall 2006

Photograph of waves breaking in the ocean.
Wave behavior in the ocean. (Image courtesy of an anonymous photographer.)

Course Highlights

This course features a simulations section with animations of group velocity and scattering by various objects, as well as a complete set of lecture notes and homework assignments.

Course Description

This course discusses the Linearized theory of wave phenomena in applied mechanics. Examples are chosen from elasticity, acoustics, geophysics, hydrodynamics and other subjects. The topics include: basic concepts, one dimensional examples, characteristics, dispersion and group velocity, scattering, transmission and reflection, two dimensional reflection and refraction across an interface, mode conversion in elastic waves, diffraction and parabolic approximation, radiation from a line source, surface Rayleigh waves and Love waves in elastic media, waves on the sea surface and internal waves in a stratified fluid, waves in moving media, ship wave pattern, atmospheric lee waves behind an obstacle, and waves through a laminated media.

Special Features

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Chiang C. Mei
Prof. Triantaphyllos Akylas
Prof. Rodolfo Rosales

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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