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# WAVES Detailed Notes for JEE/NEET

### WAVE MOTION

*Wave motion is a type of motion in which the disturbance travels from one point of the medium to another but the particles of the medium do not travel from one point to another.*

For the propagation of wave, medium must have inertia and elasticity. These two properties of medium decide the speed of wave.

There are two types of waves

**Mechanical waves**: These waves require material medium for their propagation. For example : sound waves, waves in stretched string etc.**Non-mechanical waves or electromagnetic waves**: These waves do not require any material medium for their propagation. For example : light waves, x-rays etc.

There are two types of mechanical waves

**Transverse waves**: In the transverse wave, the particles of medium oscillate in a direction perpendicular to the direction of wave propagation. Waves in stretched string, waves on the water surface are transverse in nature.

Transverse wave can travel only in solids and surface of liquids.

Transverse waves propagate in the form of crests and troughs.

All electromagnetic waves are transverse in nature.

**Longitudinal waves**: In longitudinal waves particles of medium oscillate about their mean position along the direction of wave propagation.

Sound waves in air are longitudinal. These waves can travel in solids, liquids and gases.

Longitudinal waves propagate through medium with the help of compressions and rarefactions.

### EQUATION OF A HARMONIC WAVE

Harmonic waves are generated by sources that execute simple harmonic motion.

A harmonic wave travelling along the positive direction of x-axis is represented by

where,

y = displacement of the particle of the medium at a location x at time t

A = amplitude of the wave

λ = wavelength

T = time period

v = wave velocity in the medium

ω = _{}angular frequency

K = _{}angular wave number or propagation constant.

If the wave is travelling along the negative direction of x-axis then

**DIFFERENTIAL EQUATION OF WAVE MOTION**_{}

**RELATION BETWEEN WAVE VELOCITY AND PARTICLE VELOCITY**

The equation of a plane progressive wave is

_{} … (i)

The particle velocity

_{} … (ii)

Slope of displacement curve or strain

_{} … (iii)

Dividing eq^{n}. (ii) by (iii), we get

i.e., Particle velocity = – wave velocity × strain.

Particle velocity changes with the time but the wave velocity is constant in a medium.

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**RELATION BETWEEN PHASE DIFFERENCE, PATH DIFFERENCE AND TIME DIFFERENCE**

- Phase difference of 2π radian is equivalent to a path difference λ and a time difference of period T.
- Phase difference =
_{}× path difference_{}_{} - Phase difference =
_{}× time difference_{}_{} - Time difference =
_{}× path difference_{}_{}

### SPEED OF TRANSVERSE WAVES

- The
**speed of transverse waves in solid**is given by_{}

where η is the modulus of rigidity of the solid and ρ is the density of material.

- The
**speed of transverse waves on stretched string**is given by_{}

where T is the tension in the string and μ is the mass per unit length of the string.

### SPEED OF LONGITUDINAL WAVES

The speed of longitudinal waves in a medium of elasticity E and density ρ is given by _{}

For solids, E is replaced by Young’s modulus (Y) _{}

For liquids and gases, E is replaced by bulk modulus of elasticity (B)_{}

The density of a solid is much larger than that of a gas but the elasticity is larger by a greater factor.

v_{solid} > v_{liquid} > v_{gas}

### SPEED OF SOUND IN A GAS

**NEWTON’S FORMULA**

where P is the atmospheric pressure and ρ is the density of air at STP.

**LAPLACE’S CORRECTION**

where γ is the ratio of two specific heats C_{p} and C_{v}

### POWER AND INTENSITY OF WAVE MOTION

If a wave is travelling in a stretched string, energy is transmitted along the string.

**Power of the wave** is given by

_{} where μ is mass per unit length.

**Intensity** is flow of energy per unit area of cross section of the string per unit time.

### PRINCIPLE OF SUPERPOSITION OF WAVES

If two or more waves arrive at a point simultaneously then the net displacement at that point is the algebraic sum of the displacement due to individual waves.

y = y_{1} + y_{2} + …………… + y_{n}.

where y_{1}, y_{2} ………. y_{n} are the displacement due to individual waves and y is the resultant displacement.

### INTERFERENCE OF WAVES

*When two waves of equal frequency and nearly equal amplitude travelling in same direction having same state of polarisation in medium superimpose, then intensity is different at different points*. At some points intensity is large, whereas at other points it is nearly zero.

Consider two waves

y_{1} = A_{1}sin (ωt – kx) and y_{2} = A_{2} sin (ωt – kx + φ)

By principle of superposition

y = y_{1} + y_{2} = A sin (ωt – kx + δ)

where, A^{2} = A_{1}^{2} + A_{2}^{2} + 2A_{1}A_{2} cos φ,

and _{}

As intensity I ∝ A^{2}

So, resultant intensity I = I_{1} + I_{2} + _{}

**For constructive interference (maximum intensity) :**

Phase difference, φ = 2nπ and path difference = nλ where n = 0, 1, 2, 3, …

⇒ A_{max} = A_{1} + A_{2} and Imax = I_{1} + I_{2} + _{}_{}

**For destructive interference (minimum intensity) :**

Phase difference, φ = (2n + 1)π,

and path difference = _{} ; where n = 0, 1, 2, 3, …

⇒ A_{min} = A_{1} – A_{2} and I_{min} = I_{1} + I_{2} – _{}_{}

**RESULTS**

- The ratio of maximum and minimum intensities in any interference wave form.

- Average intensity of interference in wave form :

_{}

Put the value of Imax and Imin

or I_{av} = I_{1} + I_{2}

If A = A_{1} = A_{2} and I_{1} = I_{2} = I

then I_{max} = 4I, I_{min} = 0 and I_{av} = 2I

- Condition of maximum contrast in interference wave form

A_{1} = A_{2} and I_{1} = I_{2}

then I_{max} = 4I and Imin = 0

For perfect destructive interference we have a maximum contrast in interference wave form.

**REFLECTION OF WAVES**

A mechanical wave is reflected and refracted at a boundary separating two media according to the usual laws of reflection and refraction.

When sound wave is reflected from a rigid boundary or denser medium, the wave suffers a phase reversal of π but the nature does not change i.e., on reflection the compression is reflected back as compression and rarefaction as rarefaction.

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When sound wave is reflected from an open boundary or rarer medium, there is no phase change but the nature of wave is changed i.e., on reflection, the compression is reflected back as rarefaction and rarefaction as compression.

**KEEP IN MEMORY**

- For a wave, v = f λ
- The wave velocity of sound in air

- Particle velocity is given by
_{}. It changes with time. The wave velocity is the velocity with which disturbances travel in the medium and is given by_{}. - When a wave reflects from denser medium the phase change is π and when the wave reflects from rarer medium, the phase change is zero.
- In a tuning fork, the waves produced in the prongs is transverse whereas in the stem is longitudinal.
- A medium in which the speed of wave is independent of the frequency of the waves is called non-dispersive. For example air is a non-dispersive medium for the sound waves.
- Transverse waves can propagate in medium with shear modulus of elasticity e.g., solid whereas longitudinal waves need bulk modulus of elasticity hence can propagate in all media solid, liquid and gas.

#### ENERGY TRANSPORTED BY A HARMONIC WAVE ALONG A STRING

Kinetic energy of a small element of length dx is

_{} where μ = mass per unit length

and potential energy stored_{}

### BEATS

When two wave trains slightly differing in frequencies travel along the same straight line in the same direction, then the resultant amplitude is alternately maximum and minimum at a point in the medium. This phenomenon of waxing and waning of sound is called beats.

Let two sound waves of frequencies n_{1 }and n_{2 }are propagating simultaneously and in same direction. Then at x=0

y_{1} = A sin 2π n_{1}t, and y_{2} = A sin 2π n_{2}t,

For simplicity we take amplitude of both waves to be same.

By principle of superposition, the resultant displacement at any instant is

y = y_{1 }+_{ } _{2} = 2A cos 2π n_{A}t sin 2π n_{av}t

where _{}, _{}

⇒ y = A_{beat }sin 2π n_{av}t ………………(i)

It is clear from the above expression (i) that

- A
_{beat}= 2A cos 2πn_{A}t, amplitude of resultant wave varies periodically as frequency

A is maximum when _{}_{}

A is minimum when _{}_{}

- Since intensity is proportional to amplitude i.e.,
_{}

For I_{max} cos 2π n_{A}t = ± 1 For I_{min}

i.e., 2π n_{A}t = 0,π, 2π 2π n_{A}t = π/2, 3π/2

i.e., t = 0, 1/2n_{A}, 2/2n_{A} t = 1/4n_{A}, 3/4n_{A}…….

So time interval between two consecutive beat is_{}

**Number of beats per sec** is given by_{}

So beat frequency is equal to the difference of frequency of two interfering waves.

To hear beats, the number of beats per second should not be more than 10. (due to hearing capabilities of human beings)

#### FILING/LOADING A TUNING FORK

On filing the prongs of tuning fork, raises its frequency and on loading it decreases the frequency.

- When a tuning fork of frequency ν produces Δν beats per second with a standard tuning fork of frequency ν
_{0}, then_{}

If the beat frequency decreases or reduces to zero or remains the same on filling the unknown fork, then _{}

- If the beat frequency decreases or reduces to zero or remains the same on loading the unknown fork with a little wax, then
_{}

If the beat frequency increases on loading, then _{}

### DOPPLER EFFECT

*When a source of sound and an observer or both are in motion relative to each other there is an apparent change in frequency of sound as heard by the observer. This phenomenon is called the Doppler’s effect.*

**Apparent change in frequency**

**When source is in motion and observer at rest**- when source moving towards observer

- when source moving away from observer

Here V = velocity of sound

V_{S} = velocity of source

ν_{0} = source frequency.

**When source is at rest and observer in motion**- when observer moving towards source

- when observer moving away from source and

V_{0}= velocity of observer.

**When source and observer both are in motion**- If source and observer both move away from each other.

- If source and observer both move towards each other.

**When the wind blows in the direction of sound**, then in all above formulae V is replaced by (V + W) where W is the velocity of wind. If the wind blows in the opposite direction to sound then V is replaced by (V – W).

**KEEP IN MEMORY**

- The motion of the listener causes change in number of waves received by the listener and this produces an apparent change in frequency.
- The motion of the source of sound causes change in wavelength of the sound waves, which produces apparent change in frequency.
- If a star goes away from the earth with velocity v, then the frequency of the light emitted from it changes from ν to ν’.

ν’ = ν (1–v/c), where c is the velocity of light and _{} where _{} is called **Doppler’s shift**.

If wavelength of the observed waves decreases then the object from which the waves are coming is moving towards the listener and vice versa.

### STATIONARY OR STANDING WAVES

*When two progressive waves having the same amplitude, velocity and time period but travelling in opposite directions superimpose, then stationary wave is produced.*

Let two waves of same amplitude and frequency travel in opposite direction at same speed, then

y_{1} = A sin (ωt –kx) and y_{2} = A sin (ωt + kx)

By principle of superposition

y = y_{1} + y_{2} = (2A cos kx) sin ωt …(i)

y = A_{S} sinωt

It is clear that amplitude of stationary wave A_{s} vary with position

- A
_{s}= 0, when cos kx = 0 i.e., kx = π/2, 3π/2…………

i.e., x = λ/4, 3λ/4……………….[as k = 2π/λ]

These points are called nodes and spacing between two nodes is λ/2.

- A
_{s}is maximum, when cos kx is max

i.e., kx = 0, π , 2π, 3π i.e., x = 0, λl/2, 2λ/2….

It is clear that antinode (where A_{s} is maximum) are also equally spaced with spacing λ/2.

- The distance between node and antinode is λ/4 (see figure)

**KEEP IN MEMORY**

- When a string vibrates in one segment, the sound produced is called fundamental note. The string is said to vibrate in fundamental mode.
- The fundamental note is called first harmonic, and is given by
_{}, where v = speed of wave. - If the fundamental frequency be
_{}then_{},_{},_{}… are respectively called second third, fourth … harmonics respectively. - If an instrument produces notes of frequencies
_{}…. where_{}….., then_{}is called first overtone,_{}is called second overtone,_{}is called third overtone … so on. - Harmonics are the integral multiples of the fundamental frequency. If ν
_{0}be the fundamental frequency, then nν_{0}is the frequency of nth harmonic. - Overtones are the notes of frequency higher than the fundamental frequency actually produced by the instrument.
- In the strings all harmonics are produced.

#### STATIONARY WAVES IN AN ORGAN PIPE

In the **open organ pipe** all the harmonics are produced.

In an open organ pipe, the fundamental frequency or first harmonic is , where v is velocity of sound and *l* is the length of air column [see fig. (a)]

(a)

_{}, _{}

(b)

_{} , _{}

(c)

_{}, _{}

Similarly the frequency of second harmonic or first overtone is [see fig (b)], _{}

Similarly the frequency of third harmonic and second overtone is [(see fig. (c)] _{}

Similarly _{}….

In the **closed organ pipe** only the odd harmonics are produced. In a closed organ pipe, the fundamental frequency (or first harmonic) is (see fig. a)

(a) _{} (b) _{} (c) _{}

Similarly the frequency of third harmonic or first overtone (II^{nd} harmonic absent) is (see fig. b)

Similarly _{}……..

**End Correction**

It is observed that the antinode actually occurs a little above the open end. A correction is applied for this which is known as end correction and is denoted by e.

- For
**closed organ pipe**: l is replaced by l + e where e = 0.3D, D is the diameter of the tube. - For
**open organ pipe**: l is replaced by l + 2e where e = 0.3D

In **resonance tube**, the velocity of sound in air given by v = 2v (*l*_{2}–*l*_{1})

where ν = frequency of tuning fork, *l*_{l} = 1^{st} resonating length, *l*_{2} = 2^{nd} resonating length.

#### RESONANCE TUBE

It is used to determine velocity of sound in air with the help of a tuning fork of known frequency.

Let l_{1} and l_{2} are lengths of first and second resonances then

_{} and _{}

Speed of sound in air is

_{} where υ is the frequency

**For vibrating strings/open organ pipe**

**For closed organ pipe**

#### COMPARISON OF PROGRESSIVE (OR TRAVELLING) AND STATIONARY (OR STANDING) WAVE

#### COMPARATIVE STUDY OF INTERFERENCE, BEATS AND STATIONARY WAVE

### CHARACTERISTICS OF SOUND

**Musical sound** – consists of quick, regular and periodic succession of compressions and rarefactions without a sudden change in amplitude.

**Noise** – consists of slow, irregular and a periodic succession of compressions and rarefactions that may have sudden changes in amplitude.

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**Pitch**, **loudness** and **quality** are the characteristics of musical sound.

- Pitch depends on frequency
- loudness depends on intensity
- quality depends on the number and intensity of overtones

**Interval** – The ratio of the frequencies of the two notes is called the interval between them. For example interval between two notes of frequencies 512 Hz and 1024 Hz is 1 : 2 (or 1/2).

Two notes are said to be in **unison** if their frequencies are equal, i.e., if the interval between them is 1 : 1. Some other common intervals, found useful in producing musical sound are the following:

Octave (1 : 2), majortone (8 : 9), minortone (9 : 10) and semitone (15 : 16)

**Major diatonic scale **– It consists of eight notes. The consecutive notes have either of the following three intervals. They are 8 : 9 ; 9 : 10 and 15 : 16.

#### ACOUSTICS

The branch of physics that deals with the process of generation, reception and propagation of sound is called acoustics.

Acoustics may be studied under the following three subtitles.

**Electro acoustics**. This branch deals with electrical sound production with music.**Musical acoustics**. This branch deals with the relationship of sound with music.**Architectural acoustics**. This branch deals with the design and construction of buildings.

#### REVERBERATION

Multiple reflections which are responsible for a series of waves falling on listener’s ears, giving the impression of a persistence or prolongation of the sound are called reverberations.

The time gap between the initial direct note and the reflected note upto the minimum audibility level is called reverberation time.

**Sabine Reverberation Formula for Time**

Sabine established that the standard period of reverberation viz., the time that the sound takes to fall in intensity by 60 decibels or to one millionth of its original intensity after it was stopped, is given by _{}

where V = volume of room, _{}= α_{1} S_{1} + α_{2} S_{2} + ….

S_{1}, S_{2} …. are different kinds of surfaces of room and

α_{1 }, α_{2} …. are their respective **absorption coefficient**.

The above formula was derived by Prof C. Sabine.

#### SHOCK WAVES

The waves produced by a body moving with a speed greater than the speed of sound are called shock waves. These waves carry huge amount of energy. It is due to the shock wave that we have a sudden violent sound called sonic boom when a supersonic plane passes by.

The rate of speed of the source to that of the speed of sound is called mach number.

#### INTENSITY OF SOUND

The sound intensities that we can hear range from 10^{–12} Wm^{–2} to 10^{3} Wm^{–2}. The intensity level β, measured in terms of ^{ }decibel (dB) is defined as _{}

where I = measured intensity, I_{0} = 10^{–12} Wm^{–1} ^{ }

At the threshold *β = 0*

At the max _{}

#### LISSAJOUS FIGURES

*When two simple harmonic waves having vibrations in mutually perpendicular directions superimpose on each other, then the resultant motion of the particle is along a closed path, called the Lissajous figures*. These figures can be of many shapes depending on

- ratio of frequencies or time periods of two waves
- ratio of amplitude of two waves
- phase difference between two waves.