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6: Wave Behavior

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  • In this chapter (the longest in the book!) we investigate the behavior of waves in various circumstances. Some of our examples will be for light but remember that all waves have similar behavior; sound waves will also obey the laws of reflection and refraction, scattering, diffraction, interference, etc.

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    Reflection, specular and diffuse reflection, refraction, constructive and destructive interference, path difference, diffraction, dispersion, Doppler shift, standing waves, scattering, beats, ultrasound.