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Wave Types & the Doppler Effect - Chapter Summary
In this chapter, you'll be introduced to the concept of waves as they pertain to the study of physics. Complex waves and sinusoidal waves are presented, as well as standing waves and the superposition principle.
Your study also includes a discussion of the Doppler effect and how it can be applied in physics. Once you have completed these lessons, you should be able to:
- Describe what happens when sinusoidal waves come into contact with one another
- Explain what the superposition principle is and its effects on standing waves
- Understand how the Doppler effect works to change the perception of light and sound
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1. Complex Waves as Superpositions of Sinusoidal Waves
When sinusoidal waves come into contact with each other, they create a resultant wave. In this lesson, we'll learn how the properties of the interacting sinusoidal waves can create complex waves.
2. The Superposition Principle & Standing Waves
After completing this lesson, you will be able to explain what the superposition principle is, and how this leads to the formation of standing waves. A short quiz will follow.
3. The Doppler Effect: Definition, Examples & Applications
What is the Doppler effect? How does it affect our perceptions of sound and light? In this lesson, learn how traveling wave sources can change the way we observe sound and light waves. Explore the applications of the Doppler effect on shock waves, sonic booms, and the movements of distant galaxies.
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