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Wave Propagation

Photograph of waves breaking in the ocean.

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


MIT Course Number

2.062J / 1.138J / 18.376J

As Taught In

Fall 2006



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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.

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Chiang Mei, Rodolfo Rosales, and Triantaphyllos Akylas. 2.062J Wave Propagation. Fall 2006. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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