The classical theory for oscillations and waves, and an introduction to quantum wave mechanics. Pitched at a second year university level.
These are notes that have or are being used at Macquarie University in one of the core 2nd year physics units. The fist half examines the oscillatory behaviour that is ubiquitous in Nature, and in particular the harmonic oscillator as one of the cornerstone models of physics. The second half introduces quantum wave mechanics, in the playground of Schrodinger’s equation in one-dimension, and mostly piecewise-constant potentials.
Status: Many of the notes on classical oscillations are mostly typeset and listed below. The wavefunction notes are being created and currently only available as mindmaps (see end of page).
The continuum limit of the loaded string is derived, arriving at the one dimensional wave equation.
2 Second-half on Quantum Wavefunctions
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