PHY 300
Waves and Optics
Spring 2019
Meeting time and place: Instructor:


MWF 12:00-12:53 pm P-118  
Lab-01:    Tu 8:30-10:20 am A-124  
Lab-02: We 2:30-4:20 pm A-124  
Lab-03: Tu 2:30-4:20 pm A-124
8:30-10.20 am

Prof. Dominik Schneble P-118
Office hours: WF 1:00-2:15

TA: Alfonso Lanuza
tba Office hours: tbd  
TA: Leonid Korneev
tba Office hours: tbd



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.
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 regularly)

Update: All course materials are/will be posted on Blackboard

Wk   Lecture
Lab* Homework*
1 Jan 28
Complex notation
Jan 30
Free oscillations
Feb 1

no lab - read lab introduction and lab rules

HW01 (due 2/11)
2 Feb 4
Feb 6 Feb 8
no lab HW02 (due 2/18)
3 Feb 11
Driven oscillations
Feb 13
Feb 15
(1) Resonance
4 Fab 18
Coupled oscillators
Feb 20
Feb 22
(2) Coupled oscillators
5 Feb 25
Feb 27
Continuous systems
Mar 1
(3) Speed of sound

6 Mar 4
Fourier transform
Mar 6

Mar 8

(4) Transmission line
7 Mar 11 Wave properties of light
Mar 13
Mar 15 Midterm exam
makeup lab

8 Mar 18 [Spring Recess] Mar 20 [Spring Recess] Mar 22 [Spring Recess] no lab  
9 Mar 25
Mar 27

Mar 29 Reflection and Refraction

no lab  
10 Apr 1
Apr 3
Apr 5
(5) Polarization

11 Apr 8
Coherence and two-beam interference
Apr 10

Apr 12  Multiple-beam interference
(6) Michelson interferometer

12 Apr 15

Apr 17 Diffraction

Apr 19
(7) Fabry-Perot interferometer  
13 Apr 22

Apr 24

Apr 26 Ray optics

(8) Diffraction
14 Apr 29
May 1 May 3 Fourier optics
(9) Optical instruments
15 May 6
May 8 Gaussian beams
May 10 [last day of class]

makeup lab


May 13

May 15

May 17
  May 20   Final exam [11:15-1:45]


*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 01/23/2019