Wave Motion

  • David Cassidy
  • Gerald Holton
  • James Rutherford
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Contemporary Physics book series (UTCP)


The world is continually criss-crossed by waves of all sorts. Water waves, whether giant rollers in the middle of the ocean or gently formed rain ripples on a still pond, are sources of wonder or pleasure. If the Earth’s crust shifts, violent waves in the solid Earth cause tremors thousands of kilometers away. A musician plucks a guitar string, and sound waves pulse against the ears. Wave disturbances may come in a concentrated bundle, like the shock front from an airplane flying at supersonic speeds. Or the disturbances may come in succession like the train of waves sent out from a steadily vibrating source, such as a bell or a string.


Wave Front Standing Wave Interference Pattern Sound Wave Periodic Wave 
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Further Reading

  1. G. Holton and S.G. Brush, Physics, The Human Adventure (Piscataway, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001), Chapter 23.Google Scholar
  2. D. Park, The Fire within the Eye: A Historical Essay on the Nature and Meaning of Light (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997).Google Scholar
  3. J. Hecht, City of Light: The Story of Fiber Optics. Sloan Technology Series (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999).Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Cassidy
    • 1
  • Gerald Holton
    • 2
  • James Rutherford
    • 3
  1. 1.Natural Science ProgramHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.358 Jefferson Physical LaboratoryHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA
  3. 3.American Association for Advancement of ScienceUSA

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