PHY 300
Waves and Optics
Spring 2020
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
Office hours: WF 1-2:15pm (P118)

TA: Sam McClung
tba Office hours: tba  
TA: Rian Koots
tba Office hours: tba


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
All course materials and assignments will be posted on Blackboard
Wk   Lecture
Lab* Homework*
1 Jan 27
Complex notation
Jan 29
Free oscillations
Jan 31

no lab - read lab introduction and lab rules

2 Feb 3
Feb 5 Feb 7
no lab  
3 Feb 10
Driven oscillations
Feb 12
Feb 14
(1) Resonance
4 Fab 17
Coupled oscillators
Feb 19
Feb 21
(2) Coupled oscillators
5 Feb 24
Feb 26
Continuous systems
Feb 28
(3) Speed of sound

6 Mar 2
Fourier transform
Mar 4

Mar 6

(4) Transmission line
7 Mar 9 Wave properties of light
Mar 11
Mar 13 Midterm exam
makeup lab

8 Mar 16 [Spring Recess] Mar 18 [Spring Recess] Mar 20 [Spring Recess] no lab  
9 Mar 23
Mar 25

Mar 27 Reflection and Refraction

no lab  
10 Mar 30
Apr 1
Apr 3
(5) Polarization

11 Apr 6
Coherence and 2-beam interference
Apr 8

Apr 10  Multiple-beam interference
(6) Michelson interferometer

12 Apr 13

Apr 15 Diffraction

Apr 17
(7) Fabry-Perot interferometer  
13 Apr 20

Apr 22

Apr 24 Ray optics

(8) Diffraction
14 Apr 27
Apr 29
May 1 Fourier optics
(9) Optical instruments
15 May 4
May 6 Gaussian beams
May 8 [last day of class]

makeup lab


May 11

May 13

May 15

  May 18   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 01/24/2020