CBSE Class 11 Physics Notes Chapter 15 Waves

What are the types of waves?

We can witness four types of waves. They are:

  • Mechanical Waves- which can exist in material media and follows Newton’s laws.
  • Transverse waves are referred to those whose particles oscillate in a perpendicular motion of the direction of propagation of the wave
  • Longitudinal waves are referred to those whose particles oscillate along the way of the propagation of the wave
  • When the waves move from one point of the medium to another is called progressive wave

Wavelength of a wave

In the case of a progressive wave, the distance between two points in the same phase at that particular time period is known as the wavelength of a wave. The distance is twice the number of two consecutive nodes and antinodes.

Time Period of oscillation

When an element of a medium takes time to move through one complete oscillation then it is called time period.

Principle of superposition of waves

In a medium when multiple waves transverse simultaneously, the displacement is the algebraic sum of the displacements due to each wave. This phenomenon is referred to as the principle of superposition.

Standing waves

When two identical waves moving in opposite directions interfere, it results in a standing wave. These waves are characterized by the zero displacement locations which are fixed and are called as nodes and locations of maximum displacements called as antinodes.

Doppler Effect

The change in the frequency of a wave when the source or the observer or both are moving relative to the medium

Important Questions

  1. A string of mass 3 kg experiences a tension of 300 N. The stretched string’s length is 20 m. Calculate the time taken by the disturbance to reach the other end when one end is struck with a transverse jerk.
  2. From a tower of height 400 m, a stone is dropped from the top into the water of the pond nearby. Calculate when the splash is heard at the top and the speed of sound in air is 340m/s (g=9.8 m/s2)
  3. The length of steel wire is 14 m and the mass is 3 kg. Find out the tension in the wire where the speed of the transverse wave on the wire equals the speed of sound in air at a temperature of 30 degrees= 353 m/s

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Practise This Question

Half of the rectangular plate shown in figure is made of a material of density p1 and the other half of density p2. The length of the plate is L. Locate the centre of mass of the plate.