PHY 300
Waves and Optics
Fall 2017
Meeting time and place: Instructor:

Lecture:

MoWe 2:30-3:50 P-113  
Lab-01:    Th 4:00-5:50 A-124  
Lab-02: Th 6:00-7:50 A-124  
Lab-03: We 4:00-5:50 A-124





Prof. Dominik Schneble A-106 Office hours: We 12:30-2
TA: Suko Kongtawong (Lab03)
A-129 Office hours: Tu 1-2  
TA: Brian Kaufman (Lab01,02)
A-129 Office hours: Mo 11-12
 



 

     




Topics:
Free oscillations, driven oscillations and resonance, normal modes for discrete coupled oscillators and continuous media, traveling waves; Maxwell's equations and wave equation for light, polarization, reflection and refraction, coherence and interference, diffraction, ray optics, Gaussian beams.
Textbooks:
Vibrations and Waves, by A.P. French (Norton)
Modern Optics, by G.R. Fowles (Dover)
 
Grading:   HW 20%, Midterm Exam 20%, Final Exam 30%, Laboratory work 30% (9 labs, see below)
 
Schedule and assignments
(subject to change, check web page http://ultracold.physics.sunysb.edu/Courses/PHY300-17.Fall/ regularly)
Wk   Lecture Lab* Homework*
1 Aug 28 [lecture 1]
Free oscillations
Aug 30 [lecture 2]

no lab - read lab introduction and lab rules

 HW01 [solns]
2 Sep  4 [no classes]
Sep 6 [lecture 3] no lab
3 Sep 11 [lecture 4]
Driven oscillations
Sep 13 [lecture 5]
(1) Resonance HW02 [solns]
4 Sep 18 [lecture 6]
Coupled oscillators
Sep 20 [lecture 7]
(2) Coupled oscillators HW03 [solns]
5 Sep 25 [lecture 8]
Sep 27 [lecture 9]
Continuous systems
(3) Speed of sound


6 Oct 2 [lecture 10]
Fourier transform
Oct 4 [lecture 11]
Wave properties of light
(4) Transmission line HW04 [solns]
7 Oct 9 [lecture 12]
Oct 11
Polarization
makeup lab

practice midterm

8 Oct 16
Oct 18 Midterm exam no lab  
9 Oct 23 Reflection and Refraction Oct 25 
(5) Polarization


10 Oct 30
Nov 1  Coherence and two-beam interference (6) Michelson interferometer


11 Nov 6 Multiple-beam interference Nov 8 
(7) Fabry-Perot interferometer
12 Nov 13
Diffraction
Nov 15
(8) Diffraction
13 Nov 20
Nov 22 NO CLASS [THANKSGIVING BREAK] no lab
14 Nov 27  Ray optics 
Nov 29
 

(9) Optical instruments

 
15

Dec 4   Fourier optics

Dec 6 Gaussian beams

makeup lab
16 Dec 12 TUES  Final exam [5:30-8:00pm in P-118]
   

*Regulations for lab and homework

HOMEWORK: The homework will be collected in class on the due dates indicated, and it will be graded.  You may work together on solving the problems, but cannot hand in the same solutions - we will be on the watch for this kind of problem. Solutions will be posted after the homework is collected. Therefore, late papers will NOT be accepted.

LAB RULES: You will be required to perform the experiments described in the laboratory manuals (download above). Before you begin these you must present a writeup as you enter the lab. Nobody can perform an experiment without presenting the writeup FIRST. Your writeup should describe the physical ideas you plan to explore, the way you will go about exploring them, and your anticipated results. It need not be more than a page or two, but it is not length-limited either. Write it into your lab notebook and have the lab TA sign it. This writeup will not be graded but the TA's approval and signature are required BEFORE you can start on the experiment.

After you have completed your measurements, recorded in your lab books immediately following the writeup you have prepared before, you have to analyze your results and compare with the expectations in your writeup. The full lab report must be submitted to the TA on the 7th day after the lab, before the Physics Department office closes at 4:30 PM. That is, you have not much time to complete it, so you need to be well-prepared beforehand. The lab report will be graded on a scale from 0 to 10. Your grade does NOT depend on whether you got agreement of your results with the expectation, but only upon how well you perform your work.
The report that you submit must be your own work. Submission of (partially) identical or overly similar lab reports counts as cheating and results in zero points for the lab for all parties involved.

You have to complete AT LEAST eight of the nine labs scheduled for this semester. If you miss a lab you can make up for this on one of the two scheduled make-up dates. If you have one of the 9 labs missing at the end of the semester this will be graded as zero score. If you have more than one lab missing you will  FAIL the course no matter how well you perform in the other parts of this course.


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last update 08/27/2017