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Rice University

Physics of Oscillators and Waves

Rice University via Coursera


This first course serves as an introduction to the physics of waves and light. Upon completion, learners will understand how mathematical laws and conservation principles describe wave propagation and light in the context of both geometrical and physical optics. Learners will gain experience in solving physics problems with tools such as graphical analysis, algebra, vector analysis, and calculus. This first course covers the Wave Equation, Normal Modes, Wave Propagation, and Dispersion. Each of the three modules contains complete video lectures, conceptual quizzes, and a set of homework problems. Once the modules are completed, the course ends with an exam. This comprehensive course is similar in detail and rigor to those taught on-campus at Rice. It will thoroughly prepare learners for their upcoming introductory physics courses or more advanced courses in physics.


  • Oscillators
  • Waves I
  • Waves II
  • Oscillators and Waves Exam

Taught by

Jason Hafner


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