A few words about the course

We will study the basics of wave phenomena and oscillatory dynamics in physics, from simple Harmonic oscillator to Quantum wave function and gravitational waves. It is amazing how such simple parts of physics lead to some of the most exciting field of active research today. For more details on the course, see the course syllabus.



Here's a list of books and materials that could be helpful for this course. We may add more material as we proceed.

The Physics of Waves

by Howard Georgi

This will the main source of our course, with a few exceptions that will be pointed out.



By Frank Crawford

This is a classic book for this course. But it's a bit old for my taste.

The Physics of Vibrations and Waves

by Pain

This book also offers a comprehensive overview of wave phenomena. We may refer to this book on some topics.

Video lecture

by Lewin

1.5 hr lectures from an MIT course.


Calendar of the Course

Here you can find all the sessions with what will be covered in each session.


Set 1

In this set, you will learn how to work with the phase space and use that to understand the behaviour of couple of interesting examples, such as a nonlinear LC oscillator.

Deadline: 1st of Esfand

Set 2

In this set, you will deal with dissipation and how it would affect the dynamics.

Deadline: 17st of Esfand

You can submit your assignments here.

Set 3

In this set, we will cover the normal modes, symmetry and some other stuff we learned in the past few weeks.

Deadline: 18st of Farvardin

You can submit your assignments here.

Set 4

In this set, we will cover preliminary introductions to Waves, we start with coupled oscillations and add the tranlational invariance in space to see how waves form.

Deadline: 2nd of Ordibehesht

You can submit your assignments here.

Mid-term exam with Solutions

You can find the mid-term exam with solutions here.

Set 5

Deadline: 26th of Khordad

Mathematica Notebook for problem 4

You can submit your assignments here.

You can find the solutions for the last assignment here


Here are a bunch of demos that I prepare using Mathematica. This should help us play around with different pieces of Physics that we learn in the class to get a better sense of how it all works.

Harmonic Oscillator

No dissipation, no external force, just a simple quadratice potential.

Harmonic Oscillator

No dissipation, no external force, just a simple quadratice potential.

Non-linear Oscillator

Instead of the quadratic potential, consider V(x)=f0|x| and see how the dynamics would look like.

Forced Oscillations

We'll investigate the case where an external force, drives a HO.

H.O. + Dissipation

Now we add some dissipation and see how it changes the oscillations.

The course TAs

Noushin Rasti

MSc student at
Nanoparticles and coating lab

  • TA time: Sunday 16:30-17:30
  • TA location: Physics room 2
  • Mohammadhosein Sharifi

  • TA time: Monday 17:30-18:30
  • TA location: Physics room 1