Chapter 16: Waves

Study Plan

At water parks, engineers have developed wave pools where water waves generated by large alternating pumps at the deep end propagate toward the shallow end. Design considerations include the following questions:

  • How are the frequency and spacing of the waves related? (Example 2, page 511)
  • What vertical acceleration does a swimmer feel as a wave passes by? (Example 3, page 513)
  • The speed of a wave changes as it approaches the shallow end of the pool. Does its frequency change? Does its wavelength change? (Example 5, page 515)
  • Organize

    1. Prepare for lecture by reading the assigned sections from Chapter 16 in your textbook or ebook. This will provide an organizing framework for concepts introduced in lecture, and help you take better notes.
    2. Take the checkup quiz and work the Checkup questions in your textbook to assess your understanding of basic concepts. Take note of any topics you need to review further.
    3. Review the Examples from your textbook. These progress from simple to complex, and provide concrete illustrations of the concepts discussed.


    1. Re-read Chapter 16 and review your lecture notes.
    2. Access the Online Concept Tutorials given for this chapter. Tutorials use animation and interactive exercises to help develop your understanding of fundamental topics.
      Wave Superposition
      Sections: 16.3, 16.4
    3. Use the FlashCards to test your memory for new key terms and equations.
    4. Work the end of chapter Problems and Review Problems assigned by your instructor. If your instructor has assigned SmartWork online homework, login from the right navigation pane.


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