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Homework Help: Fourier Series and Absorbtion questions?

  1. Oct 7, 2013 #1
    I have to do a science fair, and I am really interested in physics. I spent forever trying to think of a topic, and I got myself stuck doing something with waves. After weeks of thinking of an expirement that will compete well without being extremely difficult, I came up with one.

    Does using the Fourier Series effect a wave's ability to penetrate objects?

    I know that has to be worded differently.

    But my questions are,

    - Can you use the fourier series on light waves, or just sound?
    -If I test this with light waves, I have easy access to a spectrometer and other instruments needed.

    I was planning on comparing the spectrometer results with the original light and the light going through the material, but I don't know if that would provide accurate results.

    -If I work with sound waves, I know the Fourier Series can be easily done, but can I measure the absorbtion of the material?

    I know this is all over the place, I just really need guidance. Thank you so much
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