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Solar-terrestrial physics deals with phenomena in the region of space between the surface of the Sun and the upper atmosphere of the Earth, a region dominated by matter in a plasma state. This area of physics describes processes that generate the solar wind, the physics of geospace and the Earth's magnetosphere, and the interaction of magnetospheric processes with the upper atmosphere. Such processes are important for energy transfer between the Sun and the terrestrial environment. Many of these processes are mediated by long period wave phenomena, which are usually treated by magnetohydrodynamic methods.
This fourth volume of a four-volume textbook covers the oscillations of systems with one or more degrees of freedom; the concept of waves, focusing on light and sound; phase and group velocities, their physical meaning, and their measurement; diffraction and interference of light; polarization phenomena; and the formation of images in the eye and in optical instruments.
The textbook as a whole covers electromagnetism, mechanics, fluids andthermodynamics, and waves and light, and is designed to reflect the typicalsyllabus during the first two years of a calculus-based university physics program. Throughout all four volumes, particularattention is paid to in-depth clarification of conceptual aspects, and to thisend the historical roots of the principal concepts are traced. Emphasis is alsoconsistently placed on the experimental basis of the concepts, highlighting theexperimental nature of physics. Whenever feasible at the elementary level,concepts relevant to more advanced courses in quantum mechanics and atomic,solid state, nuclear, and particle physics are included.Â
The textbook offers an ideal resource for physics students, lecturers and, last but not least, all those seeking a deeper understanding of the experimental basics of physics.Â
This proceedings, "Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis", consists of papers presented at the Second International Symposium on Ocean Wave Measurement and Analysis which was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, July 25-28, 1993. It explores the major advances in wave measurement and quantification of ocean and lake waves, including technical knowledge and applications on wave theory, characteristics, design and techniques. The topics addressed in these proceedings are both national and international in scope and include practical examples and case histories on wave transformation, data analysis and reliability, wave modeling, applications, long waves, extreme wave statistics, and other topics relating to wave research over the last two decades. This proceedings will provide anyone involved with coastal technology a primary reference to the latest information in the field of wave measurement and analysis.
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