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Principle of superposition

States that when two or more waves of the same type, meet at a point in space, the resultant displacement of the waves at any point is the vector sum of the displacement due to each wave acting independently


Stationary waves

Waves whose waveform does not advance and there is no translation of energy. The amplitude of the waves varies according to position from zero at the nodes to a maximum at the antinodes


How are stationary waves formed

When two progressive waves of the same amplitude and same frequency traveling with the same speed in opposite directions are superposed, a stationary wave is formed


Characteristics of stationary waves

1. Waveform of stationary wave does not move, implying that no energy is transferred along the original direction of propagation of the progressive waves.
2. Nodes do not oscillate at all
3. Antinodes have largest amplitude
4. Distance between adjacent nodes/antinodes = half a wavelength
5. All the points between adjacent nodes/antinodes are in phase though they do not have same amplitude



Is the spreading of waves at an edge or a slit so that the waves do not travel in a straight line
(Note: if wave encounters an opening whose diameter is much larger than wavelength, the wave emerging continues to move in a straight line)



Sources are coherent if they have constant phase difference



An effect that occurs when two or more waves overlap to produce a new wave pattern


Conditions for observable interference pattern

1. The waves must overlap to produce regions of maxima and minima
2. The sources must be coherent
3. The waves must be same amplitude(or approximately)
4. The waves must be unpolarized or with the same plane of polarization


Phase difference for interference

Constructive: Delta x = n lamda
Destructive: Delta x = (n+0.5)lamba





Progressive wave

Wave in which energy is carried from one point to another by means of vibrations or oscillations within the wave