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written by Benjamin Crowell
This resource is a free introductory textbook on the topic of Vibrations and Waves.  It is part of the Light and Matter series of textbooks designed for high school and college students with little or no calculus background.  The author uses a combination of functional language and real-life examples to introduce the user to vibration, sine waves and simple harmonic motion, wave classifications, and properties/behaviors of both free and bound waves.  Applications of calculus are treated in optional sections at the end of certain chapters.  Text materials are appropriate for crossover teachers, who may desire a refresher on certain topics.

The entire textbook may be viewed in HTML format or freely downloaded in three sections.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Oscillations & Waves
- General
- Oscillations
= Springs and Oscillators
- Wave Motion
= Longitudinal Pulses and Waves
= Standing Waves
= Transverse Pulses and Waves
- High School
- Middle School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Textbook
= Tutorial
- Reference Material
Appropriate Courses Categories Ratings
- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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- New teachers
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© 1998 Benjamin Crowell
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calculus, doppler effect, free textbook, harmonic motion, harmonic oscillator, reflection, resonance, textbook, waves
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B. Crowell, (1998), WWW Document, (http://www.scribd.com/doc/68015003/Vibrations-and-Waves-by-Benjamin-Crowell).
B. Crowell, Light and Matter: Vibrations and Waves Textbook, (1998), <http://www.scribd.com/doc/68015003/Vibrations-and-Waves-by-Benjamin-Crowell>.
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Crowell, B. (2007, August 3). Light and Matter: Vibrations and Waves Textbook. Retrieved October 22, 2014, from http://www.scribd.com/doc/68015003/Vibrations-and-Waves-by-Benjamin-Crowell
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Crowell, Benjamin. Light and Matter: Vibrations and Waves Textbook. August 3, 2007. http://www.scribd.com/doc/68015003/Vibrations-and-Waves-by-Benjamin-Crowell (accessed 22 October 2014).
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Crowell, Benjamin. Light and Matter: Vibrations and Waves Textbook. 1998. 3 Aug. 2007. 22 Oct. 2014 <http://www.scribd.com/doc/68015003/Vibrations-and-Waves-by-Benjamin-Crowell>.
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