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Homework Help: Simple harmonic potentials & classical waves

  1. Nov 25, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    It's not a direct question, but it's an implied part of a larger question: can classical waves experience simple harmonic oscillator potentials, like a mass on a spring does?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I'm thinking no, since I can't come up with a scenario where classical waves would experience such a potential. The closest that I got the waves interacting with a parabolic dish, but I wouldn't really consider that an oscillator potential.
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 26, 2013 #2
    I can't think of one either.
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